The XXL Freshman Cover feels like less of an event every single year but it’s still the biggest driving force that keeps the magazine/blogsite alive. They just revealed their 2018 picks and this one feels pretty textbook. J.I.D, Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, BlocBoy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral, Stefflon Don, and Trippie Redd are this year’s freshmen and it’s worth noting that there’s only 9 of them this year. They definitely had intentions of 10 freshmen, but that 10th freshman must have bailed at the last moment. It could have been Lil Skies who says he turned down the cover or maybe it was even 6ix9ine, who as hated as he is by many, he’s clearly a much bigger name than just about everyone else on the list.
Regardless, here’s the 9 freshmen and that’s the last I’ll be really caring about this. Maybe I’ll watch J.I.D‘s freestyle but that’s about it.