On Tuesday afternoon, internet personality DJ Akademiks leaked 7 of the 10 picks for XXL’s Freshman Class of 2018. Many were surprised to see that Lil Skies wasn’t amongst the names included, but the “Red Roses” rapper told a different side of the story on Instagram live this morning.
“Y’all asking about XXL, I didn’t show up. Imma tell y’all straight up, XXL reached out to me months ago and chose me to be a 2018 XXL Freshman. How the fuck do you choose me to be a freshman before the fans get to vote? Even on the vote poll, I still won. I still got on the list. But even before that, they chose me to be a freshman,” Skies explains.
“C’mon now. The list is rigged. You’re not placing me in no category. My focus is music and the stage. That’s it. I don’t care about nothing else. I don’t give a fuck about no XXL Magazine.”
Skies now joins a long list of successful rappers that’ve turned down the Freshman cover, including most notably Drake and A$AP Rocky.
Video director Cole Bennett also chimed in on the controversy by tweeting…
skies turned down the xxl cover, that Mf is crazy lol that’s why I love him though. one of the realist in the industry nah fr
— Cole Bennett (@_ColeBennett_) April 25, 2018
Watch Lil Skies go on a rant in the full clip below.