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The 2011 XXL Magazine Freshmen

Per @RobXXL’s instructions. Covers don’t make or break a rap career. But, Danny Brown should have got a spot. Either way, XXL Magazine got y’all talking (and copping, maybe?), which means they won.

Congrats to Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prince, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons.

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

That is NOT XXL Magazine’s 2010 Freshman List

ya been had...

The Animal NY blog posted an alleged list of the XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class for 2010. [Full Disclosure: I’ve been freelancing for XXL magazine for 7+ years]. Not so fast.

Anyway, on first look the “letterhead” looked mad fraudulent. When I get any official correspondence from XXL it does not look anything like document above. So then I hit up XXL’s Deputy Editor Rob Markman with the link, asking if it was legit. Rob told me he’d hit me back with an official statement in few. He forwarded me the following e-mail which I copied and pasted below.

The above list isn’t bad per se (no Pac Div, though? blasphemy), but it’s a sham. No disrespect to the artists on said list.

Official Statement:
I’m writing from XXL to let you know the email about XXL’s 2010
Freshman Class
is a fake list that did not come from our magazine.

While we are flattered about the enthusiasm and heat The Freshman
Class generates,
this list did not come from XXL and was most likely created and leaked
by someone in hopes of boosting their career.

We are always on the lookout for the most promising artists who do, in
fact, make it into XXL.

The current issue of XXL (our double Dec/Jan 2010 issue with 50 Cent
on the cover) is on stands now.

Vanessa Satten
Editor-in-Chief
XXL Magazine
[REDACTED]
www.XXLMag.com

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 16 Comments

Donny Goines Shows & Proves in XXL

I Got a Story to Tell

I Got a Story to Tell

Written by yours truly (pic is clickable). Respect Donny Goines’ grind. The “I Am Moving” video (Dame Grease on production) below is my fav off of his Minute After Midnight album. (Spotted at Nah Right)

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music | , , , , , , | 1 Comment