KXNG Crooked Reflects On “Barring” His Way Onto XXL Freshman Cover

Written by on August 31, 2020

When the XXL first launched their now iconic Freshman Cowl sequence in 2007, the lineup painted an attention-grabbing image of the period. That includes the abilities of Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Saigon, Plies, Wealthy Boy, Gorilla Zoe, Papoose, Younger Dro, and future Slaughterhouse collaborators KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz, there is a case to be made that the inaugural launch was probably the most lyrically-focused roster up to now. That reality was not misplaced on KXNG Criminal, who was going by Crooked I and driving with the Demise Row motion on the time.

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His induction additionally occurred to reach on the peak of his “Hip-Hop Weekly” motion, a year-long endeavor that discovered him completely obliterating fashionable instrumentals. The truth is, he just lately attributed the sequence to his induction, taking to Twitter to mirror on making the reduce in 2007. “Being on the very first XXL Freshman cowl journeys me out as a result of I bar’d my manner onto that cowl,” he states, by way of Twitter. “No radio songs, no co-signs, no main label, no politics simply innovation and smokin different rappers instrumentals.”

After a fan inquires whether or not that components would nonetheless apply immediately, Criminal laments that the occasions have merely modified too drastically. “We could also be a bit handed it as a result of some platforms gained’t publish or will let you publish different individuals’s beats with out permission however once in a while it couldn’t harm to smack anyone’s beat round,” he advises, although it is unlikely we’ll see a return to the mixtape period as we all know it. Nor does it seem we’ll be seeing such a lyrically-focused XXL cowl once more, however that is one other story. 

In any case, Criminal’s stroll down reminiscence lane was sufficient to convey his Slaughterhouse groupmates Royce Da 5’9″ and Joell Ortiz into the remark part. “I keep in mind that cowl @kxngcrooked,” provides Joell. “Assume I bar’d my manner on there too! Can’t bear in mind.” Try the message beneath, and present some like to Criminal for maintaining the bars alive to at the present time. 

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