Well it's certainly imo the weakest list from XXL so far, but I guess it makes sense when you factor that they aren't really going for the best up and comers, just what's hot. But rolling with the idea that this is a "best newcomers" list hypothetically, this list fails miserably to capture true talent right now, or even who is going to be a mainstay in the game past the next year or two. To be expected, they do put these things out every year so they kind of give the idea that last years freshman are already stale.
I really only enjoy Amine and to an extent Carti (he has a few nice tracks on his tape + Fetti), Madeintyo is pretty enjoyable as far as the two songs I've heard from him go.
Kamaiyah I personally can't stand, her vocals are passionless and grating and the beat selection on her last project was some phoned in DJ Mustard shit (which i also cant fw). Also from what I remember, she called people faggots on twitter which doesn't really help my opinion of her.
XXXtentacion makes sense I guess, he's gained quite the rabid (and pretty generally shitty) fanbase and has already got Look at Me! in the top 100 so. But I also vehemently dispise this guy, hes the biggest shit disturber in the game and I really want this prick to go away. Putting him on the cover doesn't help.
Kyle is annoying and corny as fuck, never cared to listen to A Boogie (although i should educate myself before I say anything about him), from what I remember PnB Rock is trash, and Ugly God for fucks sake is this year's Lil Dicky. HARD pass.
WHO THE FUCK IS KAP G?!
But anyways, as I said, I can't be too ticked off about it because ultimately it less about what I think and more about what the charts think. I would have liked to see Ski there I think, Maxo, Noname, Jazz, Saba, Smino, Tee Grizzley, Kevin Abstract, Westside Gunn, Conway and many others would have liked to have seen as well.