the internet was abuzz following the release of the 2012 XXL Freshmen cover. Amidst the love and the hate from fans about the ten selected, some said that Houston native Kirko Bangz should have made the final cut. The Warner Bros. signee spoke with XXL about not being chosen for the cover.
“I don’t feel no certain type of way on it,” said the rapper, who rose to fame behind his singles “What Yo Name Iz” and “Drank In My Cup.” “I feel like, I wanted to [be on it]. I feel like that was one of my dreams, you feel me, like, as a milestone being an artist. But I didn’t make it. Shit, that just means I gotta work harder, so I can be on the cover by my damn self next time. Ain’t no slack. I’m grinding. Only so many people y’all can choose from, so it ain’t no thing. Congrats to everybody on there. With it or not, I know I gotta keep on going hard with what I’m doing.”