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Who Belongs On The XXL Freshman 2013 Cover? Part 2

Continuing from the last post…here’s the second part of my list of 10 MC’s who need to be featured on XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class cover:


5. Action Bronson Action Bronson (what an awesome name!) is this generation’s version of Ghostface Killah. His flow stays in and out of pocket, but it’s always pleasing to the ears. His voice would convince you that he’s a brother, but you might be surprised to know that he’s Albanian. Plus, he’s a certified chef. That must explain why he’s able to “cook” a lot better than Lil’ B. Anyway, Bronson takes me back to the days of Mobb Deep and Nas. If we’re in a new Golden Era of NY rap, it’s thanks to super raw MCs like Action Bronson. Check for “The Symbol” and you’ll soon recognize his skills.

4. Casey Veggies Roc Nation knows talent, so I’m not surprised by their co-signing of Casey Veggies. Veggies has been around for a hot minute and he’s taken time to cultivate his strong body of work. His most recent mixtape is, in my opinion, one of the frontrunners for 2013’s best mixtape. He’s able to cater to the kids who use the word “swag” as a part of their vernacular, and he’s able to appeal to the backpackers just as strongly. Casey Veggies is a veteran in my eyes, but XXL needs to acknowledge him as a dope hip-hop Freshman.

3. RapsodyNorth Carolina breeds the best MCs nowadays. When I think of my alma mater’s home state, I think of Little Brother, 9th Wonder, Khrysis etc. Another name has to be added to that illustrious list of southern rap greatness – Rapsody. She doesn’t deserve the label of a great female MC since she’s just a dope MC, no matter the gender. The Idea of Beautiful put me on to her and I’ve stayed on her bandwagon ever since. You want thoughtful lyrics, non-stop verses and intricate songwriting? Check for Rapsody. She’s your new go-to rap gal.

2. Ab-Soul Ab-Soul is a different beast. His thought process is way beyond the typical rapper’s intricacies. It’s clear that “Solo” is a super intellectual being who wishes to provide great rap/hip-hop, while looking to educate the masses on deeper topics. Control System captures the otherworldly spirit of this MC perfectly. Ab-Soul rivals Kendrick Lamar as TDE’S top dawg and most brilliant MC. If XXL doesn’t pick him, then Ab-Soul’s conspiracy theories will definitely have some weight to them.

1. Joey Bada$$ New York is officially back thanks to brand new cats like French Montana and A$AP Rocky. But the boom bap days of the rotten apple seem to have rubbed off on this young upstart. His music sounds like it was discovered in a time capsule from the mid-90’s. Joey can spit like nobody’s business, and the kid sounds way beyond his years. For those looking for that classic rap/hip-hop sound, look no further than this youngster. 1999 is the truth.


So that’s my list. I’m interested in seeing who you rap/hip-hop heads will be selecting for XXL’s illustrious cover. Lemme know in the comments, y’all.


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About the Author


Elton Jones (no relation to the guy who sings "Bennie and The Jets") is a huge fan of rap, hip-hop and R&B. His favorite artists range from golden era rap crews such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, to today's current rap stars like Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar. Elton appreciates every facet of the urban music genre and follows the major developments that are made within the industry. Elton obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Augustine's College in 2010. With his degree in hand, he now looks to make a lasting impact in the world of music journalism. He also hopes to attend a SXSW and Rock The Bells concert someday.

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