After taking the past two weeks to release the individual freestyles of rappers from their 2016 Freshman Class, yesterday XXL Magazine shared the class' first cypher, featuring Desiigner, Anderson .Paak, and Lil Dicky.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWL_hD26tUA]Although individual freestyles showcase rappers well, the cypher portion is one of the more anticipated aspects of the annual XXL nominations. Seeing artists in a group setting can make it easier to examine their skills and talent while also allowing artists to shine amongst their peers.
This first cypher's trio was an interesting combination, as it featured three different sounds at once. Anderson .Paak is known for his soulful, singing rhymes and smooth, live instrumentals as exemplified in "Venice" and "Malibu." Desiigner, the artist behind the global hit "Panda," has a reputation for hooks and adlibs over trap beats. with energetic Lil Dicky, on the other hand, is known for his fast rapping and elongated flows, a style that definitely translated to the cypher best out of the three rappers.
Nevertheless, it'll be interesting to see the combinations for the remaining cyphers. Still remaining are G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, Dave East, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, and Denzel Curry.