Midwest artists dominate nominations for XXL’s Freshmen Class 2017

Words by Cory Sinclair

It’s that time of year again, where XXL starts generating buzz for their 2017 Freshmen Class issue. But before they reveal the cover, the fans get a chance to vote for their favorite artists to snag the coveted 10th spot. The polls are open for the next seven days, and close on April 2nd. The Midwest has definitely had no problem making some freshman appearances  over the past few years, especially Chicago with Chance, Bibby, Durk, Vic Mensa, Tink and G Herbo all making the list since 2014. So today, we checked out the list and saw the Midwest was dominating the nominations yet again, so we’ve listed them all below in alphabetical order.

Who made the cut? Well, look no further:

Allan Kingdom
Amir Obe
Boldy James
Famous Dex
Joey Purp
Lud Foe
M-City J.R.
Montana of 300
Rico Recklezz
Sir The Baptist
Taylor Bennett
Tee Grizzley

Best of luck to all artists nominated…

You have until midnight, April 2nd to vote for your favorite artist. You are allowed to vote 1 time every 4 hours from any system (computer, phone, etc.) Vote early and vote often.

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Valee and ChaseTheMoney Reveal Artwork + Release Date for New Project

Them boys up to somethin’.

Valee and ChaseTheMoney have been cooking up nothing but straight fire together for a new collaborative project and soon, they’ll be ready to share it with everyone. While we wait, Chase and Valee decided to give us a look at the official artwork for the yet-to-be titled project and let us know when we can expect it — May 21st. Got it? Good.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned, because this project is going to be a problem. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

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Watch the world premiere of King Louie’s new video for “Put The Flash On”

Directed by DGainz

Say cheese!

With longtime collaborator DGainz back behind the lens, the legendary King Louie returns with a scorching hot new visual, that’s camera ready. The lightbulbs light up the room whenever Louie walks in, so we celebrate today with the world premiere of the new clip.

This track landed on Louie’s Tony 2 project. But there’s more good news on the way, as Louie recently announced that he has the sequel to Jeep Music, Jeep Music 2, coming out later this year. Very refreshing and we’re excited for that. But right now, it’s all about this new video.

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.

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Freddie Gibbs drops new track with Kaytranada & BadBadNotGood + reveals track list for ‘You Only Live 2wice’

Now this is en fuego. Pretty sure this is exactly what Gibbs fans have been waiting on. For his latest offering from You Only Live 2wice, Gibbs took a trip to Canada to link with both Kaytranada and BadBadNotGood who joined forces to give Fred the perfect soundscape on “Alexys.” It’s a new twist on that Pinata sound that the world loves so much. They snapped for sure. He’s also kicking some real shit on here about friends, enemies, but mostly frienemies.

You Only Live 2wice drops this Friday (3/31) at all digital retailers. Check out the track list below.

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