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Rap newcomer Post Malone has stepped forward to speak out on this year’s XXL Freshman Class and why he did not pursue the annual honor.

Malone went to Instagram Thursday (June 16) to address his cover absence.

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This week, West Coast rapper Lil B applauded this year’s line-up.

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Earlier in the week, XXL surprised fans with its long-awaited list.

The 2016 #XXLFreshman Class | Shot by @travis_shinn

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#XXLFreshmen 2016 Class

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Lil B previously landed on XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class list.

What was your favorite class?

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