XXL x DJ Drama - 2014 Freshman Class Mixtape

Now that XXL Magazine’s 2014 XXL Freshman Class has adequately introduced themselves to the world – or re-introduced themselves to their loyal followings – via the magazine cover and the usual Freshman Cyphers, the time has come for each artist to be given a chance to stand alone on the obligatory annual Freshman Mixtape.

Released last night, The Gangsta Grillz-branded and DJ Drama-hosted 2014 XXL Freshman Class Mixtape features entirely new music from all of the freshmen save one of the most important ones – Chance the Rapper. Chano’s absence is more than a little noticeable amidst the mixtape’s 21 tracks, but that’s not to say that the mixtape isn’t without its gems.

Jon Connor’s flow is sicker than it’s ever been on “The Good,” August Alsina crafts a potential summer sleeper with “Right Now (which also bears a feature from 2Chainz), Isaiah Rashad delivers on both of his offerings (especially “Sydney Jones”), and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Know U Ain’t Sh*t” isn’t bad as far as slow jams go. To say nothing of how Kevin Gates MAY have given your favorite stripper her new intro song with “On Me.” Other big names making appearances with the Class include Fabolous and Lloyd Banks.

Stream and download the mixtape in full below.