Ranked: the 2017 XXL Freshman freestyles and cyphers

The annual XXL Freshman Cover is celebrating its tenth year. This cover features 10 rappers, who XXL Magazine deem the upcoming greatest in the game. Almost everyone has an opinion of the Freshmen Cover, including The Sami Fisher Blog. Read who I think should have made the cover if you want. And, if you’re interested in more of my opinions, continue reading this article to see me rank the 2017 XXL Freshman freestyles and cyphers.

In addition to their picture on the cover of XXL Magazine, the ten freshman are also asked to give a three to four minute video interview, a short a capella freestyle, and perform in a small group cypher. These videos appear on XXL’s Youtube channel. I wanted to rank the artist’s performances, so here you go. When listening to each verse, I sought three things:

  1. Originality
  2. Lyrical content
  3. Ability to create rhythm, melody and/or fluidity with word choice, use and delivery.

The higher a rapper is on the list, the better they accomplished these three characteristics. This is all my big, dumb opinion though.


The Freestyles


10. Playboi Carti


9. Madeintyo


8. Ugly God


7. Kap G


6. XXXTentacion


5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie


4. Kyle


3. PnB Rock


2. Kamaiyah


1. Aminé


The Cyphers

3. Playboi Carti, XXXTentacion, Ugly God, Madeintyo


2. PnB Rock, Kap G, Kamaiyah


1. Kyle, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Aminé


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