Strangely enough, it’s not that cut and dry. Here are 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about XXL’s Freshmen List.
1. The Freshmen Record A Cypher
Think I’m the only one who liked Shy Glizzy XXL cypher 😂
— M2Y🎉 (@AndeeRicco_) January 23, 2018
Upon the release of the list, the selected artists typically record a live freestyle. These freestyles are referred to as their individual “cypher”. It’s also a tradition for the rappers to group up in trios and create a group cypher. Their verses better be good, too. If not, they’ll certainly hear about it on social media. In 2015, Shy Glizzy performed and it was so bad that people are still talking about it! Listen below for yourself. One last thing: if you’re an aspiring rapper and want to make the XXL list, make sure your cypher doesn’t suck if you get selected.
[2. XXL has received backlash for not always getting the list “right”…]