xxl freshman class 2016

*Hip Hop publication XXL has revealed its anticipated 9th annual freshman class of rising rappers on its latest cover, as well as a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot.

Making the grade this year are a diverse cast of MCs, which include Desiigner, Lil Dicky, Dave East, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, 21 Savage and Kodak Black.

“Everything we do for Freshman, we do in one big day,” says XXL editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten in the video. “I think this year’s Freshman class is great. There’s been some controversy going into it. It’s always about who you gonna pick, who you missed, who didn’t you get, who fits in with who, who’s a rapper, who’s a singer but overall, I think this is a great reflection of 2016 hip-hop.”

Last year’s Freshman class included Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf, Tink, Vince Staples, Raury and OG Maco.

Watch the 2016 Freshman Class video below: