GloRilla, Lola Brooke, Finesse2tymes & Central Cee Among Rappers Featured On XXL’s 2023 Freshman Class List



GloRilla, Lola Brooke, Finesse2tymes, Central Cee

GloRilla, Lola Brooke, Finesse2tymes & Central Cee Among Rappers Featured On XXL’s 2023 Freshman Class List

Did your fav rapper make this year’s XXL Freshman Class list?

The famed annual list is known for backing rising rappers that the world should be watching. Since 2007, the publication has shared its views on which new members of Hip Hop will more than likely leave a long-lasting impression in the music world. Past features on the rundown have included Kendrick Lamar, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave East, ??J. Cole, and the late Nipsey Hussle. All of the mentioned artists have gone on to have very successful rap careers.

For this year’s class, XXL had to narrow down over 80 possible features to the 12 stars who ultimately made the cut. According to the publication, the selected rappers were picked based on their “undeniable impact.” With that being said, it may come as no surprise that GloRilla made the list! The 23-year-old Memphis native quickly became a household name following the release of her 2022 song “F.N.F. (Let’s Go).”

Another female rapper featured this year is Lola Brooke. She released her breakout single “Don’t Play with It” in 2021. However, the track blew up the following year after it went viral on TikTok. Since then, Lola Brooke, 29, has signed to Arista Records and was featured on the remix of Ciara’s song “Da Girls,” alongside Lady London.

Finesse2tymes also made the cut! The 31-year-old hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Similar to Lola Brooke, he also had a song, “Overdose,” go viral on TikTok. To date, the tune has been used almost 90k times by users of the video-sharing app.

This year’s Freshman Class doesn’t just include rappers from America. British artist Central Cee has scored a spot as well. The 25-year-old rapper rose to stardom in 2020 with the release of his singles “Day in the Life” and “Loading.” In 2022 he dropped his hit track “Doja.”

The 2023 XXL Freshman Class also includes Rob49, 24, Fridayy, 23, 2Rare, 22, SleazyWorld Go, 25, Real Boston Richey, 26, Luh Tyler, 17, and TiaCorine, 29.

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel