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XXL’s Next Batch of Would-Be Rap Stars: Yelawolf, Lil B, Diggy Simmons ...

For the fourth year running, XXL Magazine has rounded up who it considers to be the most promising young rappers around for its "Freshman Class" cover (last year they guessed right with Wiz Khalifa, not so much with OJ Da Juiceman). Making the cut this year: Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prynce, Diggy Simmons, Fred da Godson, Kendrick Lamar, Lil B, Lil Twist, Mac Miller, and Meek Mill. A few spare thoughts and queries: Two white rappers! (Yelawolf and Mac Miller); no women (maybe Rye Rye could have squeezed in?); will this kind of mainstream exposure be beneficial to the already certifiably insane Lil B?; and where is Odd Future? [HipHopWired]