Since 2007, XXL The magazine’s Freshman Class has been one of the most coveted and debated lists in rap music.
The annual list highlights a dozen upcoming artists that the magazine says are worth watching in the near future.
Over the past 15 years, four Detroit artists have made the list: Big Sean (2010), Danny Brown (2012), Dej Loaf (2015), and 42 Dugg (2021).
XXL The magazine announced the Class of 2022 and this year Detroit will have two new artists joining the freshman roster, Babyface Ray and BabyTron. Both were in Metro timetables Last year.
Babyface Ray released his album FACE in January and received accolades from outlets like rolling stone and Complex. He was one of our February cover stars, as we spent an evening with him performing at Saint Andrew’s Hall.
Rapper BabyTron won this year’s fan vote for 10th place. The previous years, XXL chose only 10 artists. It has wavered over the years, but 10th place is still quite sought after. BabyTron was one of seven artists featured in our 2022 Best New Detroit Music issue in March, appearing on the cover. He released his latest project, MegatronMarch 4.
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