The list for XXL's 2011 Freshmen Class is here and includes Diggy Simmons, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller, YG and Lil B.
Personally I really only fux with 3 cats on this list, I've been saying Meek Mill was going to be something ever since 2005 when I first saw him on YouTube back when those street DVDs were all over the place, fast forward 5 years later he's now the biggest new cat to come out of Philly and just signed a record deal with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. Fred The Godson is fresh and it's been a while since I've heard well put together punchlines and metaphors from a new rapper not since early Banks and Loso. Yelowolf stood out to me from the first time I heard him spit and is really the first white rapper since Eminem that I count as lyrical which is why him signing with Shady records makes so much sense. I can't wait to hear collaborations with him and Eminem as well as Slaughterhouse.
Mac Miller and Diggy Simmons stand out as well but they're not necessarily my cut tea, so I'm not really checking for them.
Just like 2010 it's gonna be a good year for Hip Hop again, thoughts on this years picks?