6.13.2016

XXL Reveals 2016 Freshman Class

The new wave just rolled in.

XXL‘s highly-anticipated 2016 Freshman Class has officially arrived. The 10-man crew, billed as “The New Wave,” boasts familiar names including G.O.O.D. Music’s Desiigner, Aftermath’s Anderson .Paak, Kodak Black, and Lil Uzi Vert, who all appear in white on the cover.

The ninth annual list also features Dave East, Lil Dicky, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty, who won the 10th Spot vote.

“I think this year’s class is great,” says XXL‘s editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten. “There’s been some controversy going into it. It’s always about who you’re going to pick, who you missed, who didn’t you get? Who fits in with who? Who’s a rapper? Who’s a singer? But overall, I think this is a great reflection of 2016 hip-hop.”

Expect video interviews and cyphers featuring the freshmen to drop in the coming weeks. Then, the crew will team up for a joint concert on June 28 in New York’s PlayStation Theater. Coincidentally, that same day will be the freshman issue’s release date. After that, the freshmen will make their way to Los Angeles for a show on July 25 and more shows are expected to be announced at a later date.

Check out behind-the-scenes clips of the freshman issue shoot below.