Let’s face it. XXL hasn’t been about that hip-hop life for real for quite some time. Either they’re pulling one big annual troll on rap fans everywhere or they’re genuinely not well versed in what good MCs are and going off of “what’s hot” and “what the kids are doing nowadays”. Either way, it’s been some time since XXL was considered the last credible hip-hop publication outside of blogs or websites. That being said, you have to love the culture enough to want better for it, so there’s no use complaining unless you’re willing to do what you can to improve it, especially if it doesn’t cost you anything. Boldy James released his Alchemist-produced debut LP My 1st Chemistry Set last year after two excellent mixtapes and some beastly guest features, so his shine is long overdue…plus, when you see the bums they’ve got up there as nominees, you’ll want to vote for someone who an actually spit and has a story to tell. See also: Isaiah Rashad, Bishop Nehru, Bodega Bamz, Rapsody, Snow Tha Product, Stalley (?!?), and Tree for valid nominees.
JIMBO x Boldy James