School Of Hard Knocks: XXL Freshmen Ranked From XXL To S

Past XXL Freshmen, ranked from XXL to S Since 2008, one of XXL Magazine’s most popular features has been the annual Freshman issue, gathering together 10 (or 11) rising stars poised to take over hip hop. Of course, out of dozens of MCs who’ve been spotlighted on the cover of the issue over the years,…


The Namedrop: How Brands And Celebrities Respond To Songs About Them

Hip hop lyricism has always been dense with references, MCs filling their verses with the people, places and things that define their environment. From very early on, that has included the consumer brands and pop culture properties that exist as their own copyrighted phrases and commercial entities. D.C. Comics was probably wise not to acknowledge…