XXL is an American hip hop magazine, published by Townsquare Media, founded in 1997. The magazine is released quarterly. XXL is well known for its XXL Annual Freshman List, which has been released since 2007 (skipping 2008).
Starting in 2007 (skipping 2008), XXL has released its annual Top 10 Freshman list. The issue features the top ten picks of upcoming artists to watch out for, who are featured on the cover. The list has become known to create buzz and is credited for giving many artists their first taste of fame.