Detroit rapper Royce Da 5’9 can’t fully co-sign the new XXL Magazine‘s Freshman Class of 2020. The hip-hop veteran has come forward to share his issue with the publication’s annual round-up of rap newcomers set to have big years.
Royce 5’9’s XXL Freshman Class Problem
Heading into Wednesday, Royce hit up Instagram and didn’t hold back on checking XXL. 5’9 said his biggest issue with the line-up is XXL overlooked talent from Motown.
“Next time y’all ask me to do a interview, Ima go missing like Detroit is from this blasphemous freshman cover @xxl … Still love y’all tho 🙄” -Royce Da 5’9’s Instagram
“Our freshman clas was pretty dope… Royse, 50, me, d 12, journalist and 1 more I cant remember” -E-dub Detroit
Social media made sure to weigh-in on XXL’s line-up and how it felt about the lucky artists to make the prestigious list.
Wait, There’s More
After mounted anticipation, XXL finally came through for fans Tuesday with its list of Freshman. The featured rappers included rap stars like NLE Choppa, Mulatto, Rod Wave and Jack Harlow.
Before You Go
In recent years, XXL Freshman artists typically have to show off their freestyling skills.
Upon the release of the list, the selected artists typically record a live freestyle. These freestyles are referred to as their individual “cypher”. It’s also a tradition for the rappers to group up in trios and create a group cypher. Their verses better be good, too. If not, they’ll certainly hear about it on social media. In 2015, Shy Glizzy performed and it was so bad that people are still talking about it! One last thing: if you’re an aspiring rapper and want to make the XXL list, make sure your cypher doesn’t suck if you get selected. (SOHH)