For their 2018 Freshman Class, XXL selected a phalanx of stars for this year’s cover, including Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Smokepurpp, Blocboy JB, YBN Nahmir, WifisFuneral, Ski Mask The Slump God, J.I.D. and Stefflon Don.
Unlike past covers, XXL only included nine MCs this year after Lil Skies — who was voted to be the 10th member through a fan vote — declined his invite for the cover after initially accepting, the publication reports.
The actual issue for the Freshman Class will drop July 3. Then, all nine rappers will hit the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City on July 11 for the annual XXL Freshman Show. Don’t fret: XXL will uphold their tradition and continue to show love to the West Coast with an LA show July 19 at The Novo.
Take a look at the cover below: