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XXL Freshman Class 2013: ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ & More | Takin' Mines
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XXL Freshman Class 2013: ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ & More
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xxl freshman 2013

A little later than scheduled, XXL have finally revealed their 2013 Freshman class. Like any passionate hip-hop head, we like to pick apart this annual cover every year, but this time around, they’ve made it pretty difficult to do so.

 

ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright; these are all solid picks. We even have to give it up for Trinidad Jame$ and Chief Keef, too; you may not be sold on their talent, but they’re out here making noise.

 

For me, Logic, Angel Haze and Kirko Bangz (duh) are the only weak links in this line-up. I know, Logic has built a strong following independently, but since when has he been in the same discussion as ScHoolboy, Bam Bam, Bada$$ and co? As for Angel Haze, I don’t see the talent or the buzz yet. And don’t get me started on Kirko. Didn’t he peak with his one-hit wonder like two years ago?!

 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

 

XXL Freshman Class 2013:

 

ScHoolboy Q
Trinidad Jame$
Joey Bada$$
Ab-Soul
Logic
Action Bronson
Kirko Bangz
Travi$ Scott
Dizzy Wright – 10 Spot People’s Champion Winner
Angel Haze
Chief Keef – “The 11th Freshman”

 

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If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

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