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XXL’s 2022 Freshman class is here to ‘break the mold’

After months of discussions, debate and tough decisions as to which 12 rising stars would make XXL’s coveted cut, the outlet’s highly regarded 2022 Freshman List is finally here.

In its 15th year as the “stamp of approval” for fresh hip-hop talent, 2022’s Freshman class has already been making its mark in the new wave for quite some time, as OGM favorites in SoFaygo, KayCyy, BabyTron, Nardo Wick, Cochise, BabyFace Ray and others all earned XXL placements.

“The 2022 XXL Freshman Class is breaking the mold. They refuse to conform to the norm, and pride themselves on creating a fresh sound in hip-hop. Like the classes that came before them, these newly inducted rappers are aiming for superstardom.”


In light of the list’s announcement, over the next month, XXL will be releasing freestyles, cyphers, interviews and more with each respective Freshman, which the outlet has done annually since 2007. Acclaimed multiplatinum-selling producer Wheezy Outta Here created the beats for this year’s cyphers and also has his own interview in June’s print magazine edition, speaking on the process of picking the 2022 Freshman.

Now, meet your 2022 XXL Freshman Class.

Check back here for coverage of interviews, cyphers, freestyles and more!


Nardo Wick



BabyFace Ray






Big Scarr

Saucy Santana



KayCyy, Doechii, SaucySantana, SoFaygo

KenTheMan, Nardo Wick, Big Scarr, Big 30

Kali, Cochise, BabyTron, BabyFace Ray