Peep The First Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of 2018 Freshman Cover Shoot

The 2018 XXL Freshman Class has been revealed. Now, the artist priles, freestyles, and cypher are set to follow suit. Today, XXL has shared some behind the scenes footage the Freshman shoot, which features brief interviews from each artist, as well as hints toward who might be paired up with who. Still, the biggest question mark centers around the cypher, which has left like a bit an underappreciated art since last year's session.

Wifisfuneral teases that the cypher is going to "shock a lot people," adding that it's going to get people "upset." Ski Mask is clearly taking the process serious, detailing his ritual "mirror rapping" to himself, in order to prepare. There's little doubt that both rappers will use the opportunity to prove they can hold it down on the mic. And they'll have to, especially if they're spitting alongside J.I.D. 

Though he may seem like the odd man out on paper, J.I.D. has no problem with that. "I'm rapping better than everybody," he says, with a knowing smile. "They gon' hate it." For those who follow  the Dreamville rapper, rest assured that he'll bring his A game to somewhat a lyrically-lacking class. Still, that's not to say all hope is lost. London based Stefflon Don, Wifisfuneral, Trippie Redd, Ski Mask The Slump God are more than capable holding it down; should they team up for a cypher, the results could lead to an upgrade from last year's attempt.

Editor in chief Vanessa Satten proceeds to explain that Lil Skies was originally intended to be the tenth member, but decided to turn it down at the last minute. "We tried everything to get him there," she explains, before deciding against replacing him. 

Peep the behind the scenes footage below, and sound f. Do ya'll think these cyphers will amount to anything special?

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