At The Top It’s Just Us


“You never see me on lists inside these magazines /
But I’m The Source of rap discussions, they Vibe-in with Ortiz”

– Joell Ortiz (“Nursery Rhyme“)

Last January, I wrote an article titled Too Many Indians, Not Enough Chiefs. The article expressed my views on the over saturated hip-hop industry and its correlation to XXL Magazine’s Freshman list. Again, this year the publication has selected 50 artists to fight for a chance to land on the “covenant” list. Through the power of Twitter, fans have the ability to vote and contribute; generally, the list is released in February. Below are my predictions for who will end up on the cover, honorable mentions, and wildcards.


Personally, I don’t think this list is very relevant anymore. We are at a point in time where we are seeing many artist reach a level of success their own way, independently. Nonetheless, many people tend not to agree with the final list, but it makes for good debates. I have selected my lists based on popularity, impact, and regional dominance. What’s talent these days, anyway?

Last year, I got 5 out of the 10 correct and 3 of my honorable mentions made the list as well. Feel free to share your list with me: You can post your list in the comment section at the bottom of the page or Tweet me @BreezyOnTheBeat!

To vote, click here

Predictions for Cover:

Ab-Soul | Action Bronson | Casey Veggies | Hit-Boy

Gunplay | Lil’ Reese | Rockie Fresh | Schoolboy Q | Trinidad James | Joey Bada$$

Honorable Mentions:

A$AP Ferg | Chinx Drugz | Chris Webby | Lil’ Durk | Riff Raff | Troy Ave


Tito Lopez | Young Scooter | Ty$ | King L


Updated with official list: I got 5 out of 10 again this year. Let me know your thoughts! Twitter: @BreezyOnTheBeat


                                  Ab-Soul | Action Bronson | Logic | Kirko Bangz

Angel Haze | Travi$ Scott | Dizzy Wright | Schoolboy Q | Trinidad James | Joey Bada$$


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