(Photos) A Breakdown Of Every XXL Freshman Class: Which Do You Think Was The Most Successful?

2014 XXL Freshmen

Every year, the annual XXL Freshman cover creates a huge buzz, opening the door to much debate about whether these coveted 10 (now up to 12) artists deserve the spotlight as “the next big thing.” Since its inception in 2008, the cover has become bigger and bigger, now being practically a rite of passage for new artists in the game. Check out my breakdown of each class below and the covers in the gallery – and then give us your opinions in the comments and on Twitter! Can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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IFWT Interview: King Los Talks Bad Boy Departure, Diddy’s ‘Nobody’ Rant, Putting The DMV On With Wale & More

King Los

Fresh off the release of his new mixtape, Zero Gravity II, I sat down to chop it up with King Los at 25 Degrees in Hollywood…….and had quite possibly the best milkshake of my life. Los and I, along with his longtime girlfriend Lola Monroe, had just left the Revolt studios across the street, catching YG’s show and bicken back bein’ bool with him and his 400 crew before hunger…and business…prevailed. I wanted to catch up with the Baltimore wordsmith to discuss his new project, and get the word straight from the horse’s mouth on his Bad Boy departure and all the rumors surrounding the recipient of Diddy’s epic rant sampled on Rick Ross’ Mastermind cut, “Nobody.”

In the last month alone, Los celebrated his son’s first birthday, his own birthday, released a thorough project that trended on Twitter for days, and embarked on a cross-country journey with longtime friend and collaborator, Kid Ink, for the “My Own Lane” tour…and that’s all surface stuff. An hour, 2 turkey burgers and that amazing milkshake later…I learned there’s so much more going on in this King’s court than most realize, and the future is looking royally good. Find out what he and Wale are plotting, what Weezy is inquiring and what Drake told him during a recent run-in below!

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IFWT Exclusive Photos: Rihanna & Drake Canoodle In The Club After MTV Movie Awards

Drake and Rihanna hit Greystone

Rihanna and Drake have been the topic of many a conversation as of late, as they’ve all but flat out confirmed they’re a couple. From grinding on each other on stage to globe-trotting together and showing some PDA during public outings, ‘AubRih’ are definitely entertainment’s latest ‘it’ couple….should they actually be a couple, that is. Last night, they put their love on display once again, this time at one of their favorite clubs – Hollywood hotspot, Greystone Manor. My girl/fashion blogger Marisol happened to be in the building as well celebrating her 26th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHICA!) and snapped some exclusive pics of the pair for IFWT! Hit the gallery for a few more of the night.

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(Video) Ty Dolla $ign Brings Out Travi$ Scott For “Familiar” In Philly

Ty Dolla $ign x Travi$ Scott

On Saturday night, Ty Dolla $ign, Travi$ Scott and New Jersey up-and-comer Topaz Jones all hit the stage in Philly at the University of Pennsylvania. With Trav and Ty finally being on the same bill, the pair performed their collab “Familiar” together for the first time, a cut off Ty’s debut EP, Beach House. The track also features Chi-Town rapper Fredo Santana, who Ty performed the song with last month when he made his way to the Windy City. Since Ty and Trav are both the homies, I took the trip down to Philly, and figured while I was there, might as well record the performance for IFWT! Check out the footage below. Mooovie [Dre Sinatra voice]!
Marisa Mendez

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The History Of Drake vs. Jay Z [Plus Drizzy's Diss To Chance The Rapper]

Drake x Jay Z x Beyonce

Late last night, Funk Flex premiered a new track from Drake, the Lauryn Hill-sampled “Draft Day,” produced by Boi-1da. On the track, Drake takes a jab at Jay Z…a response to to Jay’s jab from last week…which was in response to Drake’s comments from a few months ago. Confused? I’ll break it down!

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Exclusive Details: Lil Wayne Shared A Jail Cell With Ashanti’s Stalker At Rikers!

Ashanti x Lil Wayne

Back in 2010, Lil Wayne did an 8-month bid at Rikers Island in New York, serving time for a gun charge he’d gotten in NYC in 2007. During his time there, he was locked up with a guy by the name of Devar Hurd…who was imprisoned for STALKING ASHANTI! Here’s the deal on that: Devar, a Chicago native who was in his early 30’s at the time, met ‘Shan at a gig back in 2009, and acquired her momager’s number under the guise of ‘doing business.’ From there, he began sending her explicit texts and D pics, which he would later claim were for her daughter. Enough was enough after one too many texts, and Tina Douglas had him locked up for stalking, receiving a full 2 years. Want to know the crazy part? This guy applied for an internship with me! I know him! More info below.

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IFWT Interview: Ty Dolla $ign Talks ‘Ratchet’ Music, Fatherhood, Album Features, Boogawolves & More!

Ty Dolla $ign

It’s about 11 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona, and a sweaty Ty Dolla $ign is grinning as he scrolls through his phone. Ty just left the stage (following sets from Migos, Sage The Gemini and a few local artists), and was back in his dressing room waiting to join YG’s set a little later.

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(Photos + Video) Machine Gun Kelly Takes Fans To The Beach For A Bonfire Party

MGK x EST

On Friday night, bad boys Machine Gun Kelly and French Montana were set to kick off Grammy weekend in L.A. with a joint concert, but it ended up being postponed at the last minute. Unfortunately, some of MGK’s fans had flown out from across the country for the show, while others had driven for hours, so he and his team wanted to make their trip worth their while. Getting in touch with them through Twitter, Team MGK ended up putting together a really dope night at the beach, bringing fans to a bonfire with drinks, food and of course, Machine Gun Kelly. The rapper sat and talked with the fans for hours, even playing some of his songs on his guitar and having them sing along. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’m really glad I got to be a part of that! Check out a video of the night below and some pics in the gallery. #EST!

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(Photos) Trina Celebrates Her Pynk Magazine Cover With French Montana, LaLa, Emily B & More

Trina x LaLa x French Montana @ Philippe Chow NYC

Last night, I had the pleasure of joining Trina and the ladies of PYNK Magazine at Philippe Chow in NYC to celebrate Treen Bean gracing the cover of their latest issue. Trina walked in with her rumored beau French Montana by her side, and throughout the night, her girl LaLa stopped by to show her some love, as well as Emily B, Julissa Bermudez, former Basketball Wives star Meeka Claxton (who co-owns PYNK) and more.

That was a lot of estrogen for one room, and I have to say: these women are ALL absolute sweethearts, and every single ego was checked at the door. Special shout out to Emily, Mashonda (who was dining upstairs) and Julissa…our talk was EVERYTHING! Check out a few shots from the mag, as well as from the party, in the gallery!

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(Video) A$AP Rocky Reveals Why He’s Not Trying To Have Kids Any Time Soon

A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky did a live Q&A with the young men and women of the non-profit organization Youth At Risk, led by media personality Simone ‘Boss Lady’ Amelia this past weekend in Harlem. When asked what he would teach his future son, Rocky revealed exactly why he doesn’t have kids now, and why he likely won’t for some time. Find out below!

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