On Wednesday (June 16), XXL unveiled its 2021 Freshman Class — including a rookie rapper who has already topped the Billboard Hot 100.
The 11 rappers on the list are 42 Dugg, Flo Milli, Morray, Pooh Shiesty, Lakeyah, Coi Leray, Toosii, Blxst, Rubi Rose, Iann Dior and DDG in the final fan-voted slot.
Dior is featured on 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” which held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for eight nonconsecutive weeks last year. 24kGoldn won the fan-voted slot in 2020’s Freshman Class, alongside fellow future stars Polo G, Rod Wave, Latto, Lil Tjay, Jack Harlow, Chika and more.
This is the 14th XXL Freshman Class, with the list starting back in 2007 and skipping a year before returning in 2009. Notable Freshman Class alumni include Kid Cudi (2009), J. Cole (2010), Future (2012), Travis Scott (2013), Chance the Rapper (2014) and Megan Thee Stallion (2019).
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