Shortly after Big30 performed his XXL Freshman Class freestyle, the Memphis rapper announced on his Instagram Story that his album was finally completed.
“A #Blrrd the album done y’all go tell @Nless_Head drop that [fire emoji],” Big30 wrote.
The 2022 XXL Freshman Class was announced on June 14, and it included a few big names featured on HipHopDX’s Rising Stars list. BabyTron, Cochise, Saucy Santana, Babyface Ray, KenTheMan, 2022 HipHopDX Rising Star SoFaygo, Big Scarr, Big30, KayCyy, 2022 HipHopDX Rising Star Doechii, Kali and 2022 HipHopDX Rising Star Nardo Wick covered this year’s Freshman issue, with the XXL Freshman series also celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022.
“The 2022 XXL Freshman Class is breaking the mold,” the magazine said in a statement. “They refuse to conform to the norm, and pride themselves on creating a fresh sound in hip-hop. Like the classes that came before them, these newly inducted rappers are aiming for superstardom.”
The previous Freshman Class in 2021 included Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Morray, Iann Dior, Layekah, DDG, 42 Dugg, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii and Flo Milli, all of whom have gone on to achieve success in 2022.
The freshman issue will hit newsstands on July 13, and will also include interviews with Lupe Fiasco, Kevin Gates, Pi’erre Bourne, NLE Choppa, Yvngxchris, DJ Dahi and Wheezy Outta Here, the esteemed producer who has been curating the class’s freestyle beats.
As for Big30, the last full-length fans got from him was 2021’s King of Killbranch, which featured appearances from Lil Durk, Future, Quavo, Moneybagg Yo, Pooh Shiesty, Offset, Yo Gotti and others.
Watch a recent interview Big30 gave with HipHopDX below.