The Four Female Rappers Who Made This Year’s XXL Freshman List

Autumn Simon

Causing controversy in the hip-hop community, XXL finally released its 2021 Freshman Class list on Wednesday, June 16. The coveted list includes artists like 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, and Blxst and more. Though the list received social media backlash, it also went down in history for having the most females featured in the issue’s 14-year history. The leading ladies are Flo Milli, Coi Leray, Rubi Rose, and Lakeyah.

Every year, music fans wait to hear from the experts on who’s set to be the next big thing. Up-and-coming artists pitch themselves to the magazine while audiences cast their votes to see their favorite rappers on the list. Since 2007, the XXL Freshman Class has been the pulse of hip-hop culture by highlighting future favorites such as J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle and more. However, as the years continued, many fans have turned this list reveal into a social media debate. Regardless of popular opinion, the majority of artists featured on the list go on to be megastars in the industry.

While the male emcees typically receive their praise during this release, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the four female artists who made this list.

Flo Milli

Tamia Monique Carter “Flo Milli” has been grinding for years as an Alabama MC. After the release of projects like “Beef FloMix” and “May I,” she finally scored her big break. Thanks to TikTok, Flo Milli became a viral sensation and even went on to be nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Coi Leray

Breaking away from her father’s Love & Hip Hop reputation, Coi Leray Collins came into the industry with a lot to prove. She began promoting her music on Soundcloud in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. Post-pandemic, she dropped two big early-year collabs “No More Parties” and “Big Purr (Prrdd.)” As of now, the Boston artist is working hard on her debut album.

Rubi Rose

From hip-hop model to hip-hop artist, Rubi Rose gained her popularity as the leading lady in Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.” In 2019, she released her single “Big Mouth,” which became the bad b*tch anthem of the summer. The Kentucky artist then released her debut mixtape, For The Streets! on 2020 Christmas Day.


Lakeyah not only made history by having a slot in hip-hop’s most coveted list, but she also became Milwaukee’s first XXL Freshman Class member ever. The Quality Control artist shares a roster with some of the top males in today’s music scene. In April 2021, she dropped her latest project With In Due Time.

What females would you like to see on next year’s XXL Freshman List?