HARI In-House Blog

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Around this time of year, XXL Magazine releases its annual Top 10 Freshmen list. Previous Freshmen include Lupe Fiasco, Wale, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar. This year, the Archive staff decided to create our own list. We wanted to highlight rising stars and artists we think are flying under the radar and deserve to catch some shine. We expanded our list to 15 entries, to accomodate rappers, singers, and producers we thought deserve to be on XXL's list, along with some we felt might be overlooked. We came up with a very diverse list, spanning several sub-genres and levels of fame. Our hope is that each reader will recognize a couple of their favorite artists, but also discover a few along the way.

1. Mick Jenkins


2. Goldlink


3. Tink


4. Tory Lanez


5. Kaytranada


6. Dej Loaf


7. OG Maco


8. Jean Deaux


9. SZA


10. Tunji Ige


11. Childish Major


12. Le1f


13. Salomon Faye


14. Raury


15. Kehlani