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XXL (magazine)

XXL is an American hip hop magazine, published by Townsquare Media, founded in 1997.

XXL
FoundersAidan James Michael Luna, O’neal Anthony Josiah, and Xzander B.
CategoriesMusic magazine
FrequencyMonthly
PublisherTownsquare Media
Year founded1997
CountryUnited States of America
Based inNew York City, New York
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.XXLMag.com
ISSN1093-0647

Contents

In August 1997, Harris Publications released the first issue of XXL. It featured rappers Jay-Z and Master P on a double cover. In December 2006, XXL took over the struggling hip-hop producer and DJ magazine Scratch (another publication owned by Harris Publications), re-branding it as XXL Presents Scratch Magazine. However Scratch shut down less than a year later in September 2007.

Other titles with limited runs have been launched under the XXL brand, including Hip-Hop Soul, Eye Candy and Shade45. XXL has released many other special projects including tour programs, mixtapes and exclusive DVDs. XXL also maintains a popular website, which provides daily hip hop news, original content and content from the magazine.

In 2014, Townsquare Media acquired XXL, King and Antenna from Harris Publications.

On October 14, 2014, Townsquare announced it would continue print publication of XXL. In December 2014 the company reported that the magazine would be published on a monthly basis.

Past editors

The magazine's past editors include Reginald C. Dennis (formerly of The Source), Sheena Lester (former editor-in-chief of RapPages and Vibe music editor), Elliott Wilson (formerly of The Beat-Down Newspaper, ego trip and The Source, currently locked in at #7 slot on The Source's Digital 30 list.) and Datwon Thomas (former editor-in-chief of King).

In May 2009, Datwon Thomas resigned from XXL and executive editor Vanessa Satten, who had been with XXL since 1998, was named the new Editor-in-Chief.

Special releases

Magazine cover of XXL Presents Shade 45

In August 2005, Eminem and XXL teamed up to release a special issue titled XXL Presents Shade 45, and was designed to give maximum exposure to Shade 45 as a radio station, and at the same time give maximum exposure to the Shady Records label as a whole, as well as the radio DJs and G-Unit Records' artists.

XXL executive Publisher, Jonathan Rheingold, stated that typically magazines based around particular artists were not favorable, but "since Shade 45 is a truly authentic and uncensored rap radio channel, the marriage with the XXL brand made sense," with the feeling that it is what would interest rap fans.

In November 2008, XXL released XXL Raps Volume 1, which included music from 50 Cent, G-Unit, Common, Jim Jones, & Fabolous.

In September 2006, XXL put a special 90 minute DVD called XXL DVD Magazine Vol. 1, which featured exclusive interviews and content with big-name rappers such as 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Fat Joe, Paul Wall, & Mike Jones.

On August 20, 2013 XXL released its 150th issue, also celebrating its sixteenth anniversary. The issue featured the first solo cover on the magazine from Drake, and rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B reviewing classic albums.

Beginning in 2007 (skipping 2008), XXL releases its annual "Freshman Class" list. The issue features ten artists-to-watch, all appearing on the cover of the magazine. The list has a history of showcasing unknown/underground rappers, as well as artists considered to be on the rise. The list creates significant marketing buzz among listeners and artists alike, and is credited for giving many artists their first taste of fame.

The 10th spot winners are highlighted in bold.

Year Freshmen
2007[a] Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Gorilla Zoe, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Crooked I, Papoose and Young Dro.
2009[a] Wale, B.o.B, Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, Cory Gunz, Blu, Mickey Factz, Ace Hood, Currensy and Kid Cudi.
2010[a] J. Cole, Pill, Nipsey Hussle, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, OJ da Juiceman, Jay Rock, Fashawn and Donnis.
2011[a] Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi the Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons.
2012 Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash.
2013 ScHoolboy Q, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travis Scott, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze and Chief Keef.
2014 Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Jon Connor, Lil Bibby, Jarren Benton and August Alsina.
2015 Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf, Raury, Kidd Kidd, OG Maco, Shy Glizzy, K Camp, Vince Staples, Tink and GoldLink.
2016 Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Anderson Paak, Desiigner and 21 Savage.
2017 Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, Kyle, Ugly God, MadeinTYO and XXXTentacion.
2018[b] Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, JID, Stefflon Don, BlocBoy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral and Trippie Redd.
2019 Comethazine, Tierra Whack, DaBaby, Lil Mosey, Roddy Ricch, Cordae, YK Osiris, Rico Nasty, Gunna, Blueface, and Megan Thee Stallion.
2020[c] Polo G, Chika, NLE Choppa, Jack Harlow, Lil Keed, Lil Tjay, Fivio Foreign, Calboy, Rod Wave, Baby Keem, 24kGoldn and Latto.
2021 42 Dugg, Flo Milli, Morray, Pooh Shiesty, Lakeyah, Coi Leray, Toosii, Blxst, DDG, Rubi Rose, and Iann Dior.

Notes

[a] – From 2007 to 2011, there was no such thing as a 10th spot winner.

[b] – In 2018, there was not a 10th spot pick as Lil Skies and his replacement, Rich the Kid both declined the list.

[c] – In 2020, Pop Smoke was the first freshman selected for the list, but was killed before attending the photoshoot.

Additions to the list

Occasionally, the Freshman Class list may contain extra additions to include more rappers. The 2011, 2013, 2019 and 2021 Freshman Class lists, for example, had 11 rappers. In the case for the 2013 list, XXL added an honorary extra spot for Chicago rapper Chief Keef due to the artist being in a six-day jail stint and therefore being unable to attend the photo shoot in New York City. In 2014 and 2020, the Freshman Class lists included 12 rappers.

Removals from the list

Year Artist(s) Reason for removal Ref.
2010 Drake Respectfully declined and felt they were chosen too late in their respective careers.
Nicki Minaj
2011 Vado
2012 ASAP Rocky Respectfully declined. Schedule was too slim due to touring.
2014 Young Thug XXL claims he never showed up to the photoshoot.
2015 ILoveMakonnen Not responsive to XXL.
PartyNextDoor
2016 Tory Lanez Declined as he believed he was chosen too late in his respective career.
Post Malone Stated he was tired and was not up to flying to New York for the photoshoot. XXL editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten claimed Post's publicist stated that Post did not want to be boxed in as a hip hop artist.
2017 Young M.A Felt beyond the list. She asked to have a solo cover but they disagreed and said that she needed more attention to her name before that could happen.
YFN Lucci YFN Lucci initially refused to play music for XXL. He later changed his mind days before the shoot but it was too late.
Cardi B XXL was not sure if Cardi had a better television career or rap career at the time and felt she was leaning more towards television.
Famous Dex XXL stood away from adding Famous Dex after there was evidence shown that he beat up his girlfriend.

They further spoke on XXXTentacion's addition to the 2017 list (as it was controversial), saying that although he was accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend, the incident was not caught on camera, XXXTentacion had not been found guilty, and that he was arguably having a major influence on his generation.

2018 Lil Skies On Instagram Live, he explained that he respectfully declined due to him apparently being asked to be on the list before the voting process began. Although he respected some decisions made on the 2018 list, he claims that the list was mostly rigged.
Rich the Kid He "happily declined" after hearing he would be replacing Lil Skies.
2019 Juice Wrld Respectfully declined.
Benny the Butcher He was asked by Jay-Z to not accept because Jay thought declining would be for the better.
2020 Pop Smoke Pop Smoke agreed to be on the cover but he was murdered before he could attend the shoot. XXL did everything to try and add him on the cover to honor him, but Pop Smoke's team asked them not to do so. Although XXL was not able to add him on the cover, they were able to add an unreleased interview to honor him in the issue.
Don Toliver Don Toliver only wanted to be on the cover and did not want to take part in other aspects of the list, such as the freestyles and cyphers.
Lil Tecca Respectfully declined.
2021 $not Respectfully declined because he felt like other artists needed it more.
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XXL (magazine)
XXL magazine Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from XXL Magazine XXL is an American hip hop magazine published by Townsquare Media founded in 1997 XXLFoundersAidan James Michael Luna O neal Anthony Josiah and Xzander B CategoriesMusic magazineFrequencyMonthlyPublisherTownsquare MediaYear founded1997CountryUnited States of AmericaBased inNew York City New YorkLanguageEnglishWebsitewww XXLMag comISSN1093 0647 Contents 1 History 1 1 Past editors 1 2 Special releases 2 Annual Freshman Class List 2 1 Notes 2 2 Additions to the list 2 3 Removals from the list 3 References 4 External linksHistory EditIn August 1997 1 Harris Publications released the first issue of XXL It featured rappers Jay Z and Master P on a double cover 2 In December 2006 XXL took over the struggling hip hop producer and DJ magazine Scratch another publication owned by Harris Publications re branding it as XXL Presents Scratch Magazine However Scratch shut down less than a year later in September 2007 Other titles with limited runs have been launched under the XXL brand including Hip Hop Soul Eye Candy and Shade45 XXL has released many other special projects including tour programs mixtapes and exclusive DVDs XXL also maintains a popular website which provides daily hip hop news original content and content from the magazine 3 In 2014 Townsquare Media acquired XXL 4 King and Antenna from Harris Publications On October 14 2014 Townsquare announced it would continue print publication of XXL 5 In December 2014 the company reported that the magazine would be published on a monthly basis 4 Past editors Edit The magazine s past editors include Reginald C Dennis formerly of The Source Sheena Lester former editor in chief of RapPages and Vibe music editor Elliott Wilson formerly of The Beat Down Newspaper ego trip and The Source currently locked in at 7 slot on The Source s Digital 30 list 6 7 and Datwon Thomas former editor in chief of King In May 2009 Datwon Thomas resigned from XXL and executive editor Vanessa Satten who had been with XXL since 1998 was named the new Editor in Chief 8 Special releases Edit Magazine cover of XXL Presents Shade 45 In August 2005 Eminem and XXL teamed up to release a special issue titled XXL Presents Shade 45 and was designed to give maximum exposure to Shade 45 as a radio station and at the same time give maximum exposure to the Shady Records label as a whole as well as the radio DJs and G Unit Records artists XXL executive Publisher Jonathan Rheingold stated that typically magazines based around particular artists were not favorable but since Shade 45 is a truly authentic and uncensored rap radio channel the marriage with the XXL brand made sense with the feeling that it is what would interest rap fans 9 In November 2008 XXL released XXL Raps Volume 1 which included music from 50 Cent G Unit Common Jim Jones amp Fabolous 10 In September 2006 XXL put a special 90 minute DVD called XXL DVD Magazine Vol 1 which featured exclusive interviews and content with big name rappers such as 50 Cent Ice Cube Fat Joe Paul Wall amp Mike Jones 11 On August 20 2013 XXL released its 150th issue also celebrating its sixteenth anniversary The issue featured the first solo cover on the magazine from Drake and rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and B o B reviewing classic albums 2 Annual Freshman Class List EditBeginning in 2007 skipping 2008 12 XXL releases its annual Freshman Class list The issue features ten artists to watch all appearing on the cover of the magazine The list has a history of showcasing unknown underground rappers as well as artists considered to be on the rise The list creates significant marketing buzz among listeners and artists alike and is credited for giving many artists their first taste of fame 13 14 15 The 10th spot winners are highlighted in bold Year Freshmen2007 a Saigon Plies Rich Boy Gorilla Zoe Joell Ortiz Lupe Fiasco Lil Boosie Crooked I Papoose and Young Dro 16 2009 a Wale B o B Charles Hamilton Asher Roth Cory Gunz Blu Mickey Factz Ace Hood Currensy and Kid Cudi 17 2010 a J Cole Pill Nipsey Hussle Freddie Gibbs Big Sean Wiz Khalifa OJ da Juiceman Jay Rock Fashawn and Donnis 18 2011 a Meek Mill Big K R I T Cyhi the Prynce Lil Twist Yelawolf Fred the Godson Mac Miller YG Lil B Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons 19 2012 Future Kid Ink Danny Brown French Montana Macklemore Don Trip Machine Gun Kelly Hopsin Iggy Azalea and Roscoe Dash 20 2013 ScHoolboy Q Trinidad James Joey Bada Ab Soul Logic Action Bronson Kirko Bangz Travis Scott Dizzy Wright Angel Haze and Chief Keef 21 22 2014 Chance The Rapper Rich Homie Quan Isaiah Rashad Ty Dolla Sign Lil Durk Kevin Gates Troy Ave Vic Mensa Jon Connor Lil Bibby Jarren Benton and August Alsina 23 2015 Fetty Wap Dej Loaf Raury Kidd Kidd OG Maco Shy Glizzy K Camp Vince Staples Tink and GoldLink 24 2016 Lil Uzi Vert Lil Yachty Kodak Black Denzel Curry G Herbo Dave East Lil Dicky Anderson Paak Desiigner and 21 Savage 25 2017 Kamaiyah A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie PnB Rock Playboi Carti Amine Kap G Kyle Ugly God MadeinTYO and XXXTentacion 26 2018 b Ski Mask the Slump God Lil Pump Smokepurpp JID Stefflon Don BlocBoy JB YBN Nahmir Wifisfuneral and Trippie Redd 27 28 2019 Comethazine Tierra Whack DaBaby Lil Mosey Roddy Ricch Cordae YK Osiris Rico Nasty Gunna Blueface and Megan Thee Stallion 29 2020 c Polo G Chika NLE Choppa Jack Harlow Lil Keed Lil Tjay Fivio Foreign Calboy Rod Wave Baby Keem 24kGoldn and Latto 30 2021 42 Dugg Flo Milli Morray Pooh Shiesty Lakeyah Coi Leray Toosii Blxst DDG Rubi Rose and Iann Dior 31 Notes Edit a From 2007 to 2011 there was no such thing as a 10th spot winner b In 2018 there was not a 10th spot pick as Lil Skies and his replacement Rich the Kid both declined the list 32 33 c In 2020 Pop Smoke was the first freshman selected for the list but was killed before attending the photoshoot 34 35 Additions to the list Edit Occasionally the Freshman Class list may contain extra additions to include more rappers The 2011 2013 2019 and 2021 Freshman Class lists for example had 11 rappers In the case for the 2013 list XXL added an honorary extra spot for Chicago rapper Chief Keef due to the artist being in a six day jail stint and therefore being unable to attend the photo shoot in New York City 21 In 2014 and 2020 the Freshman Class lists included 12 rappers Removals from the list Edit Year Artist s Reason for removal Ref 2010 Drake Respectfully declined and felt they were chosen too late in their respective careers 36 Nicki Minaj2011 Vado2012 ASAP Rocky Respectfully declined Schedule was too slim due to touring 2014 Young Thug XXL claims he never showed up to the photoshoot 2015 ILoveMakonnen Not responsive to XXL PartyNextDoor2016 Tory Lanez Declined as he believed he was chosen too late in his respective career Post Malone Stated he was tired and was not up to flying to New York for the photoshoot XXL editor in chief Vanessa Satten claimed Post s publicist stated that Post did not want to be boxed in as a hip hop artist 2017 Young M A Felt beyond the list She asked to have a solo cover but they disagreed and said that she needed more attention to her name before that could happen 37 YFN Lucci YFN Lucci initially refused to play music for XXL He later changed his mind days before the shoot but it was too late Cardi B XXL was not sure if Cardi had a better television career or rap career at the time and felt she was leaning more towards television Famous Dex XXL stood away from adding Famous Dex after there was evidence shown that he beat up his girlfriend They further spoke on XXXTentacion s addition to the 2017 list as it was controversial saying that although he was accused of beating up his ex girlfriend the incident was not caught on camera XXXTentacion had not been found guilty and that he was arguably having a major influence on his generation 37 38 2018 Lil Skies On Instagram Live he explained that he respectfully declined due to him apparently being asked to be on the list before the voting process began Although he respected some decisions made on the 2018 list he claims that the list was mostly rigged 32 Rich the Kid He happily declined after hearing he would be replacing Lil Skies 33 2019 Juice Wrld Respectfully declined 39 Benny the Butcher He was asked by Jay Z to not accept because Jay thought declining would be for the better 40 2020 Pop Smoke Pop Smoke agreed to be on the cover but he was murdered before he could attend the shoot XXL did everything to try and add him on the cover to honor him but Pop Smoke s team asked them not to do so Although XXL was not able to add him on the cover they were able to add an unreleased interview to honor him in the issue 30 34 Don Toliver Don Toliver only wanted to be on the cover and did not want to take part in other aspects of the list such as the freestyles and cyphers 41 Lil Tecca Respectfully declined 2021 not Respectfully declined because he felt like other artists needed it more 42 References Edit Potential 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