Music publication XXL Magazine has finally unveiled its long-awaited Freshmen Class of 2014 list and decided to pay homage to a handful of Chicago rappers including Chance the Rapper and Lil Durk.
After mounting speculation, XXL busted out its much-debated annual list Monday (May 5) night.
It’s what you all been waiting for, ain’t it? It’s XXL’s Dirty Dozen: Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Vic Mensa, August Alsina, Troy Ave, Kevin Gates, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Lil Durk, and as voted by YOU, our 10 spot winner and the People’s Champ, Jarren Benton. (XXL Mag)
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper made sure to acknowledge his achievement via Twitter.
“4 southside Chicago kids on the cover of @XXL,” Chance tweeted May 5. (Chance the Rapper’s Twitter)
Fellow XXL Freshman Rich Homie Quan showed his appreciation for the accolade via Instagram.
“Thank u lord” (Rich Homie Quan’s Twitter)
Recently, G-Unit head 50 Cent suggested his influence may be found in XXL pick Troy Ave’s music.
When it came to Troy Ave, about whom the Queens rapper has been asked plenty in recent weeks, Fif played both sides. “I like the idea of Troy Ave,” he said. “I would want it to work. Just because I want something to happen in the city, period. But in reality I hear a lot of me in Troy Ave.” (MTV)