Despite some questionable judgment displayed in their 2010 Freshman list (best summed up in two letters, O and J), XXL’s list never fails to get people talking and to put some shine on artists that are up and coming. Here’s a mixtape they put together featuring the artists that made the list. Click read more for information, tracklist, and a download link to get the tape.

March madness continues. Last Monday (March 1) unveiled the cover for our April 2010 issue, featuring XXL’s new Freshman Class. Today (March 8), we drop another exclusive, as the 10 Freshman for ’10 Mixtape, hosted by DJ Whoo Kid, is released.

The compilation features 17 brand new tracks (see complete track list below) by this year’s Freshmen 10—Pill, Jay Rock, Nipsey Hussle, Big Sean, Fashawn, Freddie Gibbs, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, OJ Da Juiceman and Donnis. Whoo Kid already treated listeners to a few choice cuts off the tape this past Saturday (March 6) during his Sirius/Shade45 show, as the artists themselves called in for live interviews. Now fans have a chance to hear the complete project for themselves by CLICKING HERE for the official free download link, which can also be found at and

XXL’s 10 Freshman for ’10 issue hit stands next Tuesday, March 16. In addition to the Freshmen 10 roundtable, the issue includes stories on the Freshmen producers, hip-hop soul artists and hip-hop duos/groups, as well as an in-depth look on what it’s like to be a new rapper today, a special recap of last year’s Freshmen class and an Eye Candy that’ll make you say ahh.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Freshman for ’10 artist stats and freestyles at — XXL

XXL’s 10 Freshman For ’10 (Mixtape)