Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Denzel Curry, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage’s 2016 XXL Freshmen Cypher
The 2016 XXL Freshman rollout is underway. From the cover to Desiigner's "Timmy Timmy Turner" freestyle that went viral to the electrifying New York City Freshman show, the 2016 class has been holding their own and proving why they earned their spots. The second cypher of this year's bunch features more artists than usual—Denzel Curry, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage and Kodak Black—and makes for an interesting collabo, all over a beat produced by Sikwitit.
First up is Denzel Curry. The 21-year-old South Florida spitter wastes neither time nor breathe when rattling off rhymes about reaching rap's upper echelon.
"Rest in power, it's all about power/Squeeze two lemons together and really all you have is sour/Diesel, niggas will smoke your ass to have the juice/Ridin' around in an all black Coupe/Couple of pigeons that's ready to shoot," Curry starts off.
Next up is Philly's own Lil Uzi Vert, who improvised and used his cypher partners as quick comedic material.
"All these niggas stealing my style, can I get my flow back?/Yeah, bop on that bitch like Kodak/Bitch you know dat/I push your shit all back/Told that bitch I got money, aye/Countin' up hundreds is nothing, aye/Told that lil bitch I got money/Told that bitch that it's nothing, aye," he rhymes.
Atlanta's red-haired wonder Lil Yachty tackles the beat next and although he's the youngest in the bunch, he's anything but shy when it comes to dropping his 16.
"When I was struggling through the pain/When I had no ice/When there was no food but rice/All of these bitches they want me but they thinkin' one night/Fuck 'em, I give a fuck what you saying/Bitch nigga know I ain't playin'/I'm bout my fetty/Mama, we ready/Fuck up that nigga if he talkin' to heavy," Lil Boat delivers.
Also repping the A, 21 Savage steps forward, double cup in hand, to adlib and freestyle over the beat in a rough yet relaxed manner only he can pull off. Uzi and Yachty even hype him up by adding in his signature adlibs in between his bars.
"Hold up, Rolly on my wrist/Rolly on my bitch/30 on my waist/30 to your face/60 to your face/90 to your face/that's a closed case," 21 serves.
Last but definitely not least is Pompano Beach upstart Kodak Black. As always, the self-proclaimed "project baby" keeps it real and raps about what he knows best, being on the chase and beating the case.
"Now homie, I'm the one who let your starving ass eat/You was hungry I ain't have to let your sorry as eat/My cousin G got out for manslaughter last week/Gave my dawg a buck fifty/That nigga brought me back three," Kodak raps.
Who had the best verse in this 2016 XXL Freshmen cypher? Let us know and stay plugged into XXL for the last cypher of the year featuring Harlem's Dave East and Chicago's G Herbo dropping tomorrow. And check out Desiigner, Lil Dicky and Anderson .Paak's cypher here.
Watch the 2016 XXL Freshman cypher below.
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