XXL freshman NYC (reviewed)

I went to XXL Freshman in New York the other night. As a hip hop enthusiast and with much work done as a blogger and host (check me credits at, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to this ish and I’m not shy about it.

I wasn’t going to do a review of my experience but because I found myself elaborately explaining the night to my bestfriend, I figured I would share it with you too.

Let’s first just say that XXL has lost a hefty chunk of their credibility in the hip hop game. This is clearly my opinion but I would venture to say that it’s basically fact. This freshman class is proof of my position. I can’t get too too analytical because honestly, I didn’t know many of the freshman…HOWEVER, when you’re a true artist with quality music it should not matter whether someone knows your music or not at a show. When I come to see you I should leave liking you or at least appreciating something that you did. I have a wide appetite for music so it’s not just the trap, or lovey dovey or conscious music that captures me…I like it all; and still I wasn’t impressed by what I witnessed.

My thoughts on the night: It really felt like a high school talent show forreal forreal. You are supposed to talk to the audience, ask questions, and engage people. Tease them, surprise them…they didn’t do anything like that. So it made the show just aaaiiiiiiggghhhht. Lil Dicky stood out as most polished in terms of engaging the crowd. Desiigner headlined and closed us out…he has a lot of energy. That’s it. What good is it if I can’t even understand what you’re saying though? Scream louder doesn’t equal “better show.” To the freshman class, the potential is budding; we need artist development to step in and we might be working with something.

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