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The Case of Chicago Artists and the XXL Freshman Cover — How Will We Fare This Year?

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Words by Quentin Yarolem (@QuentinYarolem)

XXL just released their list of potential 2016 freshmen candidates, and Chicago is represented very nicely. Of the roughly 150 candidates, 10% are repping the Chi. To put that into perspective, only two cities have more and that’s Atlanta with 15% and Brooklyn with 10.5%. If a Chicago artist is selected for the XXL freshmen class of 2016, they will join the ranks of Tink, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Chief Keef, Lil Bibby and Lupe Fiasco as the only Chicagoans to ever land on the cover.

Historically, Chicagoans have made up a very small portion of the XXL Freshman recipients. Only six of the total 74 freshmen have been from Chicago — but that number has been on the rise over the past few years. From 2007-2012 there was only one Chicagoan chosen to be on the XXL list (Lupe Fiasco). That’s one out of 51 total freshmen. A dismal 2%. From 2013 on however, there have been five of a total 33 which comes out to be roughly 15%.
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Video: Twista f/ Jeremih & Lil Bibby – Models & Bottles

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Directed by Gravitii

Today, we’re happy to bring you the official world premiere of Twista’s high-gloss video for “Models & Bottles” featuring Lil Bibby and Jeremih. It’s no secret that this was one of our favorite songs of late-2015, so it’s only right we revisit it right now with the fresh new video. It’s a monster.

Twista, Jeremih and Bibby turn to club on it’s head for this riveting clip — and Noyz killed it with the visuals. Next time I need that invite. Join the party below and be sure to buy Twista’s Livin’ Legend EP right here. 

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