What makes an artist worthy of a slot on the XXL Freshman List? A few things play a major role. XXL Magazine’s coveted list spotlights some of the most promising emerging rappers on a yearly basis. These are almost always the ones you need to keep an eye out for. Past members of the Freshman club include Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, Curren$y, Nipsey Hussle, 21 Savage, Future, Travis Scott and so many others.
2023 is turning out to be another exciting year in hip-hop. Fresh talents have burst onto the scene, while pushing the boundaries of what rap can do and mean. Every year, the XXL Freshman List shows love to the future rap stars shaking things up. Who's going to make the cut this year? We've put together a list of 15 artists we think have got the skills, the style, and the swagger to earn their spot on the 2023 XXL Freshman List.