SOHH Whatcha Think: 2012 XXL Freshmen List Allegedly Leaks + 3 Cheers For Mumia? [Click Here & Speak]
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 12:05AM
The Annual XXL Freshman class list has become a right of passage for many MC's: Getting shine from one of the genre's most popular magazines can help your career propel from mixtape scrambler to legitimate artist.
Over the past few years, we've seen former XXL Freshman such as Meek Mill (2011), Big Sean (2010),Kid Cudi (2009), and Lupe Fiasco (2008) take their career up a level and real put there music out there. Well this year is no different, as artists on the "alleged" (there's no official word on whether or not this list is genuine) 2012 Freshman list hope to start a wave.
Check out the artists rumored to be on the list:
Rockie Fresh; Jon Conner; Chip tha Ripper; Future; Gerald Walker; Donny Goines; Dom Kennedy; Marvo; Stalley; Neak; Streetz n Young Dueces; Kid Daytona; Kreayshawn; Say it aint Tone; XV; Tory Lanes; Moe Green. (Boxden)
Must admit, about 67% of these guys names' don't ring a bell. Haven't heard of Moe Green, unless you're talking about this guy, who, if I recall, was whacked at the request of one Michael Corleone:
ABOVE: Fictional character Moe Greene gets a soothing massage with the unhappy ending. Greene's character was inspired by real life mobster Bugsy Siegel, who died after being shot twice in the head while reading the paper.
SOHH Watcha Think -- Let's say this is the real list, are you feeling it? How many of you are familiar with all of these artists?
In the world of criminal justice, Mumia Abu Jamal's death sentence was lifted. Although he won't be coming home, it's a big deal. In 1981, Abu Jamal, was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.
Abu-Jamal was convicted of fatally shooting Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. He was sentenced to death after his trial the following year. Abu-Jamal, who has been incarcerated in a Pennsylvania prison, has garnered worldwide support from those who believe he was the victim of a biased justice system. Abu-Jamal, a one-time journalist, garnered worldwide support from the "Free Mumia" movement. Hundreds of vocal supporters and death-penalty opponents regularly turn out for court hearings in his case, even though Abu-Jamal is rarely entitled to attend. (National Public Radio)
Check out this new track by 2009 XXL Freshman Wale f/ Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz:
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