XXL's Freshmen 2010: Who's The Weakest Link? (VOTE)

XXL's Freshmen 2010: Who's The Weakest Link? (VOTE)


Has anyone seen Mickey Factz lately? What about Charles Hamilton? You'd be forgiven for forgetting who either of them are, but along with success stories like Kid Cudi and Wale, the two rappers were selected as part of "XXL's Freshman Class" of 2009, and as such, expected to go on to do great things for rap music. Factz, who was once rumored to be signed to Roc Nation, couldn't be more scarce right now, unless of course he was Charles Hamilton, who was banished from the internet through a series of his own missteps.

This year, XXL has selected a new class of 10 rappers to represent the future. There's definitely a lot of talent, but as we've learned from the past, it's unlikely that they're all gonna make it. Check out each MC below and then vote to help us decide the weakest link of XXL's 2010 Freshmen Class...

Donnis
From: Atlanta, GA
An army brat by choice, Ladonnis Crump didn't take music seriously until he was sent to Tokyo when he enlisted after high school. Releasing a mixtape with 10 Deep in the image of former Freshman 10 alum Kid Cudi upon his return to the states, he's since signed to Fool's Gold/Atlantic and is preparing to debut the video for the mixtape's first single "Gone."

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OJ Da Juiceman
From: Atlanta, GA
Gucci Mane's former right hand has released an alleged 32 mixtapes, a hit single ("Make The Trap Say Aye!") and a proper album back in January '09, not to mention having already appeared on an XXL cover. Although Waka Flocka has recently usurped him as So Icy's most buzzed-about rookie, OJ's already accomplished more than most on this list.

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Freddie Gibbs
From: Gary, IN
"Gangsta Gibbs," who was once signed to Interscope, won the hearts of the internet through the sheer volume of quality material he's released during the past year. Though currently unsigned, Gibbs claims to be steering clear of another major label situation, happily releasing a steady stream of "box frame Cadillac music" to the net.

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Big Sean
From: Detroit, MI
Big Sean, or little Kanye as he's been called, was discovered by West after he bum rushed the rapper with his demo following a radio appearance. Even with a Def Jam deal, his mixtape single "Getcha Some" was released to a tepid reception.

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J. Cole
From: Fayetville, NC
Once called a "rapper's rapper" by producer No I.D, J. Cole might be the last hope for the Rocafella namesake. That, or the first for Roc Nation. A southern boy with no accent to speak of, Cole's lyrical ability has been praised by everyone he's worked with, and rightfully so.

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Fashawn
From: Fresno, CA
Coming up under the wing of West Coast underground heads like Evidence and Planet Asia, Fashawn started making a name for himself in 2009 with his excellent Exile-produced debut Boy Meets World (which Complex named the #13 album of 2009) and Alchemist-helmed mixtape The Antidote.

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Nipsey Hussle
From: Los Angeles, CA
Hussle has been signed to Epic since 2008, but has yet to release an album to follow up his outstanding "Bullets Aint Got No Names" mixtape series. Rumored to be trying to escape his deal, Hussle most recently appeared on "We Are The World 2010," as the least established of it's participants.

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Wiz Khalifa
From: Pittsburgh, PA
The pride of Steel City has been releasing music since the mid 2000s, but gained much acclaim after leaving Warner Bros Records to release his debut Deal or No Deal independently. Fresh off an acclaimed mixtape with 2009 Freshmen 10 alum Currency, Khalifa continues to record when not gaining ground in the race with Soulja Boy to cover his entire body with tattoos.

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Pill
From: Atlanta, GA
In 2009 alone, the "Trap Goin Ham" singer went from standing next to Killer Mike to tearing down stages every night of CMJ. Signing to Asylum on the stregnth of his 4180: The Prescription mixtape, we hear he's working on yet another mixtape before the album while fending off collaboration requests.

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Jay Rock
From: Los Angeles, CA
Jay Rock, who's shadowy freestyle is set to be released tomorrow, popped up of nowhere late 2008 with "All My Life," the single and video for which boasting an appearance from Lil Wayne. The guest spot was suspicious if not miraculous until you realize the relationship could benefit Weezy in some very important ways.

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