Lakeyah just became Milwaukee's first XXL Freshman Class member ever
People may not buy print magazines like they used to, but XXL magazine's Freshman Class remains one of the most prestigious honors in hip-hop. For years Milwaukee rappers have pushed for long-shot inclusion in the magazine's annual Freshman Class issue, but none of them made it until this week, when Lakeyah was announced as one of this year's 11 inductees.
The Milwaukee native joins a particularly competitive class that also includes 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii and DDG. It's hard to stress what an enormous honor that is. Past inductees have included Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, 21 Savage, J. Cole and Anderson .Paak.
XXL FRESHMAN?🐐🐐 FEMALE GOAT FOR THE MF WIN! It’s up only up! Y’all excited???? This a real big deal for me .... let’s goooo 😭 pic.twitter.com/TYBX0DWgYG— NP2 OUT NOW 💨💨 (@lakeyah) June 16, 2021
That exposure should further fuel Lakeyah's skyrocketing career. In the last year, she's released big singles with artists like City Girls, Yung Bleu and Gucci Mane.
🏆 XXL FRESHMAN 2021 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ztXieFF0Ss— XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 16, 2021
You can read our interview with Lakeyah, and enjoy some of her recent videos below.