XXL Freshman 2018 Ranked (Worst To Best)

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2018 XXL Freshman Cypher, Ranking Worst To Best.

For their 2018 Freshman Class, XXL selected a phalanx of stars for this year's cover, including Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Smokepurpp, Blocboy JB, YBN Nahmir, WifisFuneral, Ski Mask The Slump God, J.I.D. and Stefflon Don. #hiphopuniverse #hiphoprankings

Unlike past covers, XXL only included nine MCs this year after Lil Skies -- who was voted to be the 10th member through a fan vote -- declined his invite for the cover after initially accepting, the publication reports.

The actual issue for the Freshman Class will drop July 3. Then, all nine rappers will hit the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City on July 11 for the annual XXL Freshman Show. Don't fret: XXL will uphold their tradition and continue to show love to the West Coast with an LA show July 19 at The Novo.

It's about that time. Despite suffering from an early leak courtesy of DJ Akademiks, the XXL Freshman List moved forward with a dignified sense of secrecy. Now, the time has come for the publication to unveil the lineup, which may still come as a surprise to some. This time around, we're looking at a decent mix of "mumble rappers" and lyricists, and the vibe is undeniably intriguing. So, without further ado, check out the The 2018 Freshman Class below:

Ski Mask The Slump God
Lil Pump
Smokepurpp
J.I.D.
Stefflon Don
Blocboy JB
YBN Nahmir
Wifisfuneral
Trippie Redd

The fan-voted tenth spot was awarded to Lil Skies, who ultimately refused to show up. To be honest, it kind of feels like a waste, especially given the omission of one notable rainbow-headed rapper. Either way, Florida clearly had a big showing this year, and it's great to see J.I.D. hold it down for the lyricists. It feels like an improvement over last year's lineup, and the obligatory Cypher should be interesting this time around, given the divided stylistic nature of the class.

What do ya'll think of XXL's latest lineup? Did they get it right, or do you feel like they missed the mark?

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