295_XXL_freshman1 Each year, hip hop magazine XXL releases their ‘Freshman Class’ issue, that features the top ten up and coming rappers on their cover. But no need to wait until 2010 to see who made the cut, thanks to an intrepid tipster who claims to have taken a spy shot of the roster. Although we can’t independently verify the authenticity of the list, it’s very likely that it’s legit, after all, this wouldn’t be the first time they got scooped on their own content.

UPDATE: XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten says she appreciates the “enthusiasm,” but the list isn’t from the mag, it’s a fraud! Her statement below:

I’m writing from XXL to let you know the email about XXL’s 2010 Freshman Class is a fake list that did not come from our magazine.

While we are flattered about the enthusiasm and heat The Freshman Class generates, this list did not come from XXL and was most likely created and leaked by someone in hopes of boosting their career.

We are always on the lookout for the most promising artists who do, in fact, make it into XXL.

The current issue of XXL (our double Dec/Jan 2010 issue with 50 Cent  
on the cover) is on stands now.

Vanessa Satten
XXL Magazine
1115 Broadway
8th Floor
NY, NY 10010