Anderson .Paak and Desiigner make XXL’s coveted ‘Freshman’ list

The hip-hop magazine's annual issue, which celebrates 10 “future hip hop stars”, has revealed 2016's cover stars

Anderson .Paak and Desiigner are among the artists featured on XXL magazine’s prestigious ‘Freshman’ list.

The hip-hop publication’s much-hyped annual issue is widely seen as a barometer of the most exciting artists to emerge in the US, often showcasing new and upcoming rappers who the magazine and the hip-hop scene in general are tipping to have success in the coming year.

Among the artists making the cut this year is Anderson .Paak, whose second album ‘Malibu’ has earned critical acclaim this year and has since seen him sign to Dr Dre’s Aftermath label. Desiigner, whose song ‘Panda’ has sold nearly one million units in the US and has recently collaborated with Kanye West, also features on the cover, while Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty, who recently featured on Chance The Rapper‘s mixtape ‘Coloring Book’, is another notable name in the mix.

Completing this year’s list is 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Dicky, Dave East, Denzel Curry, and G Herbo.

Watch behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.

Previous XXL cover stars include Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Future, Danny Brown, Fetty Wap and Joey Bada$$.

Read NME‘s interviews with Desiigner and Anderson .Paak.