XXL Editor Explains Chief Keef & Logic Selections For 2013 Freshman List

(AllHipHop News) One of the most anticipated and debated Hip-Hop magazine covers every year is XXL’s Freshman Class edition. The issue’s purpose is to highlight ten rising rap stars that have created substantial buzz over the previous twelve months.

Like with any subjective list there is the possibility that people will question why a certain artist was selected or omitted, and since it’s inception the Freshman Class cover is no exception.

Last year Azealia Banks was left off the cover and she took issue with fellow femcee Iggy Azalea being chosen saying that Iggy’s “runaway slave master” reference in one of her lyrics should have prevented her from appearing on the magazine.

Underground Kansas rapper XV take shots at the publication for what he felt was a snub from the 2010 issue.

Then there is the fact that Drake and Nicki Minaj, two of the biggest stars in music, were never a part of any XXL Freshman Class.

The controversial choices of this year’s class seem to be the “honorary” selection of Chicago rapper Chief Keef and the selection of relative unknown DMV emcee Logic.

[ALSO READ: Logic: Enter the Mind Of The Maryland Spitter]

MTV News spoke with XXL’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten about those selections.

On Chief Keef as the 11th class member:

We locked Chief Keef down as one of the first Freshmen, and that was back in October. There was no album, there was no jail bid, there was no legal drama. So that happened after we locked him down… We didn’t know exactly how much involvement we would be able to get from Keef once he was out, so we went with ten and in spirit kept Chief as part of the class.

On the fact that Chief Keef already has an album out:

I knew people would get on us if we included him based on the fact that he does have an album already… Sometimes rules are meant to be broken… People can get mad or tight but the circumstances weren’t like he could control what was going on, and we felt it was wrong for him to not be a part of that group.

On Logic:

I think that you guys are going to be surprised by some stuff with Logic. I think from the business deals and situations that he’s got going on that are unannounced… The world was open to Mac Miller, so I don’t understand. They’re not the exact same thing, but they go in a similar lane.

While XXL has made what some have felt were questionable choices for their Freshman Class lists, some notable Hip-Hop performers were also featured on the cover during their rookie seasons.

Lupe Fiasco, Joell Ortiz,  and Crooked I were on the inaugural issue in 2008. Future stars Kid Cudi, B.O.B, and Wale were selected in 2009. In 2010 the standouts were J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean. Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, and B.I.G. Krit made the list in 2011, and last year’s crop included hit makers Macklemore, French Montana, and Future.

Along with Chief Keef and Logic, the rest of the 2013 Freshman Class includes Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Dizzy Wright, Joey Bada$$, Kirko Bangz, Schoolboy Q, Travi$ Scott, and Trinidad James.

[ALSO CHECK OUT: Behind the Scenes of XXL’s Freshman Class 2013 (VIDEO)]

You can watch a portion of the MTV interview with Vanessa Satten below.

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  • Dwayne Nvo

    logic = wack

    • RealMusicFag

      He’s cute too….

  • RealMusicFag

    Mac Miller makes my boypussy wet.
    I wonder if he’s into men?

    • Dwayne Nvo

      No doubt, he is a faggot just like you

  • Eli Pinilla

    Action from flushing, hometown shit right there…Q and ab soul get it in..joey badass mixtape was off the hook….dont care for the rest. Logic prolly signed to xllmag records lol never heard of ol boy in my life lol

    • andone

      dont sleep on logic… the mac miller comparison isnt entirely accurate aside from them both being white, imo logic can rap circles around miller… but *sidenote when ahh ft a “50 greatest underground emcee’s list” few months back i caught flak for speakin up on t. james, logic and bronson… this jus goes to show my comment was valid!

      • Eli Pinilla

        Ima check em out…

      • andone

        backpack type rap… everyone has diff taste in music but im jus sayin dude is nice wit the bars for a young cat, “we get high” is a good place to start!

      • Eli Pinilla

        No doubt, im on it

      • Cel

        Logic is actually mixed. If someone is comfortable saying Obama is black, then Logic should be a shoe in. Just sayin.

      • andone

        even tho i didnt know that, i did have a feelin that might be the case… but if nobody never told me id think hes caucasian, honest mistake on my part thanks for clarifying that… and ive always referred to obama as bi-racial when the topic comes up but the same goes for him, if u never knew u wouldnt think so… still logic is above average on the mic and slightly better than miller imo… that xxl comparison didnt sit well wit me in part cuz it came off as if they were mostly basing it on skin color, i could be wrong and ill admit i wasnt sure… but i still stand by the rest of my comment!

  • KingChandler

    I said I would be satisfied if Q and Soulo made the list so I’m not gonna rant but you can’t tell me Los shouldn’t be on that list over a couple of those picks, that shit is an outrage, the only reason I can think of is that he hasn’t been real heavy with droppin’ new product since The Crown Aint Safe, but still, dudes an all around dope artist, alright I’m done.

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  • brotha_man

    i cant rememer the last time i gve a fugg about XXL magazine

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  • Q.

    Churn out the tripe, the zombies are hungry.

  • Matt Swan

    XXL lost me as soon as Keif and James were put on there. Not sure about the rest, Ya’ll fu&kin up

    • Pedro Matos Jr.

      In Trinidad James voice: “In a year I’ll be gone just watch!”

      • Matt Swan

        Sheeeiiittt you’re being too nice. I give him less than a year and he’ll become soulja boy pt2

  • EQ

    magazines are dead…i bet that white rick ross looking dude spit harder than all of them on that cover

    • Choppaliss

      3rd best behind … Ab Soul n Schoolboy Q

  • MarquisCarter

    I’m just happy that the lyricists outweigh the trash on this year’s cover.

  • 1 Mic

    i don’t think Logic needs an explantion on why he is on the list, he is ill

  • XXL has became a f**king joke
    We aint trying 2 waste our time reading about a majority of wannabeez
    in the rap game right now….LOL

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  • Choppaliss

    No Raz Fresco again …. lil dude putting in work

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