Posts Tagged ‘Kid Ink’
So XXL just released the cover for their 2012 freshman class. If you’re not familiar, this is kind of notorious in hip-hop for being a big event…. that really doesn’t matter that much. More than anything, it just gets people worked about behind the scenes politics and let’s everyone throw their two cents in about who they think should or should not have graced the issue. Nonetheless, it’s fun, especially when you see some guys you’ve been riding with for a while get some shine.
This year’s class: Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Brown, Kid Ink, Future, Roscoe Dash, Hopsin, Macklemore, Don Trip, Iggy Azalea and French Montana.
I really enjoy the list this year actually, as the XXL crew did a pretty good job of incorporating some of the different facets of hip-hop, making selections ranging from Macklemore to Don Trip. I can see most of these MCs continuing their success and having solid careers in the industry.
However, in my opinion, there’s a few noticeable absentees in the class. First and foremost being A$AP’s head honcho Rocky. However that was supposedly by his own choice, stating a busy schedule as reasoning. Also Casey Veggies, Schoolboy Q and Jon Connor should have found their way on to this list in my humble opinion. Connor’s appearance might be a little premature though, seeing as the usual selections already have a solid fan base (and sometimes aren’t even “freshman” at all) and Connor is still working his way up to that point. But if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, Connor is murking about 97.3% of the new guys in the game right now. As far as explanation for Young Veggies and Schoolboy being left off… I have none. But like I previously stated, covering the Freshman issue has not really proven to correlate with career longevity and those guys will be just fine.
I am going to take a quick second to specifically congratulate Hopsin. He’s out there proving you really can do the damn thing solo if you just don’t seem to fit in anywhere else. If you missed my Artist of the Week post for him wayyy back in the day, catch that here.
Lastly, this gives me a good opportunity to throw in an Iggy Azalea pic. Happy Monday fellas.
Two rising stars in the hip-hop world team up for this one. I’ve got some stuff to get done, so that concludes my write up for this; detailed, I know. Check the stream and download below though because if you’re not familiar with one of/either of these guys, you are going to want to change that.
I’ll admit it, I have kind of been late to the party with Kid Ink. However, better late than never applies to music right? The song that really won me over was this little diddy, mostly due to the swag-brag lines and awesome beat. This type of shit just sounds like the club would go crazy if he was in there performing it live. Speaking of him performing it live, if you’re in the Kansas or Missouri area on Friday, June 24th you can check out Kid Ink along with Lil B, Machine Gun Kelly, Mac Miller and others for the Section 8 show put on by our friends over at Crazy Boy Status. Definitely a show you’re going to want to check out. In the meantime, you can download this song below. Jahlil Beats!