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2014 'XXL' Freshman Class: Who Are These Guys?

Get to know the latest crop of newcomers on the magazine's cover.

Every year XXL Magazine puts out their annual Freshman class cover, where they give fans a new crop of hip-hop talent to check for.

In the past B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Macklemore have all graced the list and this year's cover boasts 12 fresh faces with a range of talents. Some guys have had hits and some have been building strong fanbases a bit under the radar; some are from the East Coast, some West, some Midwest, some South. But they're all sure to get fans talking one way or another.

Get to know the guys on this year's list below.

What do you think of this year's selections?


Age: 21

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Last release: Acid Rap

Random Fact: Has decided not to sign with a major label thus far.

Listen To: "Everybody's Something"


Age: 24

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Last Release: I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In

Random Fact: "Type of Way," his breakout single, hit No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Listen To: "Type of Way"


Age: 29

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Last Release: Beach House EP

Random Fact: Sang the chorus on YG's 2010 single "Toot It & Boot It"

Listen To: "Paranoid"


Age: 28

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Last Release: White Christmas 2

Random Fact: Troy offered a money back guarantee on his New York City: The Album LP.

Listen To: "Show Me Love"


Age: 21

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Last Release: Testimony

Random Fact: His brother was killed shortly before August turned 18, which motivated him to increase his focus on music

Listen To: "I Luv This Sh--"


Age: 20

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Last Release: Innanetape

Random Fact: Joined the J. Cole and Wale "What Dreams May Come" tour last year.

Listen To: "Orange Soda"


Age: 22

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Last Release: Cilvia Demo

Random Fact: He's the fifth member of Top Dawg Entertainment to land on the XXL Freshmen cover, following in the footsteps of Jay Rock (2010), Kendrick Lamar (2011), Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q (2013)

Listen To: Ronnie Drake


Age: 21

Hometown: From Chicago, Illinois

Last Release: Signed to the Streets

Random Fact: Signed to Def Jam, and affiliated with French Montana's Coke Boys and Chief Keef's GBE.

Listen To: "Dis Ain't What U Want"


Age: 28

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Last Release: By Any Means

Random Fact: Signed to Atlantic Records in 2013. And he loves reading.

Listen To: "Satellites"


Age: 32

Hometown: Decatur, Georgia

Last Release: My Grandma's Basement

Random Fact: Before his rap career started popping, he worked as a dental assistant and an exterminator

Listen To: "Don't Mind If I Do"


Age: 19

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Last Release: Free Crack

Random Fact: He hopes to release his debut album, The Book, in 2014.

Listen To: "Water"


Age: 29

Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Last Release: #BestInTheWorld: A Tribute To The Notorious B.I.G. Vol 1

Random Fact: Signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label late last year.

Listen To: "Judge and Jury"