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DJ Premier: A Rule I’ve Learned in the Game

DJ Premier: A Rule I’ve Learned in the Game

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Cam’ron - XXL Magazine, April 2000

Cam’ron - XXL Magazine, April 2000

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The 2014 XXL Freshmen: A Statistical Analysis
The line-up for XXL magazine’s 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the “dirty dozen” of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City’s sole inclusion.
As with years gone by, comments sections across the internet are already taking glee in picking the list apart and churning out conspiracy theories about the included artists. Beyond debates about whether the round-up represents an accurate snapshot of upcoming rap talent in 2014 though, a statistical break-down of the fortunes of the XXL freshmen past and present throws up some intriguing insights into how the honor goes on to help or hinder a rapper’s career. Consider this the wrath of the freshman math. [Read More…]
Chances of actually releasing an album during the same year: 25.8%
Chances you’ll become a bona fide superstar: 12.2%
Chances you’re a mature student: 25.7%
Chances of falling foul to the Freshman Curse: 11.3%
Chances you’re a proud New York representer: 16.2%
Chances you’re a white rapper: 9.5%
Chances you’re a white rapper freshman who then blows up: 42.9%
Chances you’re actually an R&B singer: 2.7%
Chances you decide to cannily upstage your freshmen mates at the cover shoot: 5.4%
Words by phillipmlynar / @PhillipMlynar

The 2014 XXL Freshmen: A Statistical Analysis

The line-up for XXL magazine’s 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the “dirty dozen” of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City’s sole inclusion.

As with years gone by, comments sections across the internet are already taking glee in picking the list apart and churning out conspiracy theories about the included artists. Beyond debates about whether the round-up represents an accurate snapshot of upcoming rap talent in 2014 though, a statistical break-down of the fortunes of the XXL freshmen past and present throws up some intriguing insights into how the honor goes on to help or hinder a rapper’s career. Consider this the wrath of the freshman math. [Read More…]

  • Chances of actually releasing an album during the same year: 25.8%
  • Chances you’ll become a bona fide superstar: 12.2%
  • Chances you’re a mature student: 25.7%
  • Chances of falling foul to the Freshman Curse: 11.3%
  • Chances you’re a proud New York representer: 16.2%
  • Chances you’re a white rapper: 9.5%
  • Chances you’re a white rapper freshman who then blows up: 42.9%
  • Chances you’re actually an R&B singer: 2.7%
  • Chances you decide to cannily upstage your freshmen mates at the cover shoot: 5.4%

Words by phillipmlynar / @PhillipMlynar