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Brooke Candy Calls out XXL for Excluding Women from its Freshman Class

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Brooke Candy Calls out XXL for Excluding Women from its Freshman Class

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Hip-hop magazine XXL unveiled its Freshman Class list earlier this week, and Brooke Candy is not pleased with the results. The roundup is supposed to showcase 10 of hip-hop’s biggest names and most promising acts. This year, Lil Yachty, Desiigner, Dave East, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Dicky, Anderson .Paak, 21 Savage and Kodak Black grace the cover as hip-hop’s “New Wave.”

XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten said this year’s group “is a great reflection of 2016 hip-hop.” The only problem is, it doesn’t include any women. In fact, the magazine has only featured three women in their Freshman Class across its nine editions. Hip-hop has been notoriously misogynistic in many ways, but it’s also been a massive breeding ground for feminist artists, like Brooke Candy. The “Opulence” singer called out XXL on Instagram saying, “When everyone in the room raps about ‘pussy’ but there isn’t a female in sight.”

There’s a ton of great female-identifying hip-hop artists, from legends like MC Lyte and queen bitch Lil’ Kim, to newer artists like Candy, Junglepussy, K Rizz and Lizzo. The fact is, hip-hop wouldn’t be what it is today without its bad bitches, and this year is no different. XXL’s “New Wave” is just an old representation of the genre, where women were nothing beyond video hoes. As Lil’ Kim once put it, “If I was a dude, I’d tell ya’ll to suck my dick.”


When everyone in the room raps about “pussy” but there isn’t a female in sight… @xxl

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