Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Smokepurpp, And More Are XXL’s Freshman Clout Class

Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Smokepurpp, And More Are XXL’s Freshman Clout Class

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and complaining about XXL‘s annual Freshman class.

Yesterday (June 12), XXL revealed its 2018 class of artists to watch: Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Stefflon Don, BlocBoy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral, and Trippie Redd.

Since 2007, the yearly list has featured hip-hop heavyweights poised to blow up and counts Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Chance the Rapper as just some of its past honorees. However, more recently, the magazine’s selections have reflected the growing divide between “traditional rap” and the rise of the genre’s more popular and viral offshoots. What’s interesting about this year’s list is the degree it skews towards the latter.

Four of the rappers on the list — Lil Pump, Ski Mask the Slump God, Smokepurpp, Wifisfuneral — are from the same bubblin

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