Simmons is expected to be the first pick in this years NBA draft. Nike has wasted no time getting this future star on the roster. Check out some highlights below.
Gangsta Gibbs has been dropping a lot of dope freestyles via his souncloud lately. If you been living under a rock “Shadow Of A Doubt” is out now.
I have heard about scenarios of this happening in the last few years but haven’t fully looked into it since as of recent. A few years back XXL magazine had some issues with a Freshman class who all had a crazy following but many people didn’t know who most of them were which made no sense. The point of this isn’t about XXL or their suspect choices of talent. This is about the fact that artists are out their thinking there celebrities misleading people with there following. I seen a artist with a 40K following on twitter with a total of 1000 YOUTUBE views smh. It is obvious that the numbers don’t add up. I could see if they had like 2000 followers it would look more even but that 40k is drastic. You will see some artists with 14k twitter following and verified with 1000 instagram followers. I would say about 60 percent of these new artists is buying there following. In conclusion im just gonna say if you have a large following and people don’t know who you are does it even matter?
Earlier this week I woke up very disappointed when I seen the XXL 2012 Freshman cover. This is a disappointment to all the hard-working new artists out. I am confused as to how they choose people for this cover it’s obvious it doesn’t go by how relevant you are because I have no idea who some of these people are and I’m a big hip hop fan. I thought a freshman was a new artist if that was the case French Montana & Roscoe Dash should not be on the cover. The idea of French being a Freshman is ridiculous the guy been in the game almost 10 years. It’s a shame he is the only East Coast rapper on the cover & he isn’t very lyrical at all. If u look back at past Freshman covers there has been more missed than hit rappers. I am aware artists work hard to build up their buzz, but I can’t even take some of these artists seriously. This section should be called XXL’s Rappers we want you to like this year. If you really think about it Future is the best new artist on this cover he did Racks on Racks, Tony Montana and a few other songs that got him some big Features from artists such as Drake & Rick Ross. Machine Gun Kelly must have been handed this cover with his Bad Boy Record deal. I don’t know who Macklemore is and I don’t care because I searched Hopsin, Iggy Azalea & Danny Brown and I was disappointed. I have no issue with Kid Ink I feel he earned it. In the 5 years XXL has had Freshman Class this is by far the worst one. I guess they don’t notice up & coming artists like Los, Jon Connor, XV, Schoolboy Q , Push!, Stalley even Chevy Woods to name a few. I see why ASAP Rocky passed on being in this class its a joke like interscope magazine oops!! I mean XXL.
Cortez proves himself to be in a “Class All By Himself” by selecting a beat from each of the 2011
XXL Freshmen. This features new music with Mickey Factz, Rain, Sha Stimuli & more! The Mixtape is also a follow-up from his last release “16’s and Better” also Hosted and Mixed DJ Me$$iah. Click the pic to D/L follow @cortez_hsp @djmessiah on twitter.