The 2020 XXL Freshman Class has finally been announced. This year’s lineup is strong, including NLE Choppa, Polo G, Lil Tjay, Fivio Foreign, Baby Keem, Jack Harlow, Chika, Lil Keed, Calboy, Mulatto, Rod Wave, and 24kGoldn (who earned the most fan votes, earning him the 10th spot on the list).
As XXL wrote in the post announcing the lineup. Due to the pandemic, they almost couldn’t continue assembling this year’s class. Which is why the issue containing the announcement came out two months later than usual. Additionally, the freshman class announcement is usually accompanied with a concert series featuring the entire freshman class (with one show in NYC and one in LA), but obviously those aren’t happening this year.
Hip-hop from many regions is highlighted this year. NLE Choppa calls home to Memphis while Polo G and Calboy represent Chicago. Lil Tjay and Fivio Foreign hold it down for New York. Baby Keem rests his head in Las Vegas. Jack Harlow is a proud Louisville native. Rod Wave hails from the bottom of the map in St. Petersburg, Fla. Down South gets love from Chika in Montgomery, Ala. And both Mulatto and Lil Keed are hot in the streets of Atlanta. San Francisco rapper 24kGoldn earned the most fan votes to land the title of the Freshman 10th spot winner.
Watch the official lineup announcement video below.