Every year, the staff of world-renowned hip-hop magazine XXL choose 10 rappers who they think have the potential to be the next big thing; this select group is dubbed the XXL Freshman Class.

This is the definitive new artist curation in the hip-hop world; if you need further convincing, take a look at just a fraction of some of the magazine's past picks: Lupe Fiasco (2008), B.o.B. (2009), Wiz Khalifa (2010), Kendrick Lamar (2011), Iggy Azalea (2012), Action Bronson (2013) and Chance the Rapper (2014).

In order to be considered for the XXL Freshman Class, an artist can't have any full-length albums out (EPs, singles and mixtapes are fine). So, who made the cut for this year's class? Check out the lineup below:

XXL Freshman 2015 Class

Fetty Wap
DeJ Loaf
Vince Staples
Shy Glizzy
K Camp
OG Maco
Kidd Kidd (The 10th spot of each Freshman class is voted by the XXL readers.)

If you want a taste of what to expect from this year's class, check out this cypher from 2014, featuring Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad and August Alsina:

You can find more information on this year's Freshman Class here, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Summer 2015 issue of XXL, set to hit newsstands later this month. In the meantime, enjoy the official cover below, and get a peek behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot in the video at the top of this story.