Ice Spice Explains Why She Rejected ‘XXL’ Freshman List

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Ice Spice has explained why she didn’t appear on XXL’s Freshman 2023 list.

According to TMZ, Ice Spice had to pull out of the project despite being thrilled with the idea. The rapper allegedly rejected a spot on the annual magazine cover because she’s been “blitzed with festival bookings and feature requests.”

The sources claimed her busy schedule made it difficult to lock her in for Freshman requirements.

The list, which was revealedd on Wednesday (June 21), features rising stars like Luh Tyler, Finesse2Tymes, GloRilla, Lola Brooke, and more.

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Despite not being part of XXL Freshman list, Ice Spice has more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any other artist in 2023.

According to Chart Data, Ice Spice has earned the most Top 5 hits this year, scoring big with three chart juggernauts: “Karma” featuring Taylor Swift, which currently sits at No.2 on the chart; “Princess Diana” featuring Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 4; and “Boy’s A Liar” featuring PinkPantheress, which topped out at No. 3.

Her achievements don’t stop there. It was reported last month that Ice Spice beat Nicki Minaj’s previous record. The hot Bronx rapper, received the most streaming debut for a female rapper on Spotify globally thanks to “Karma” as per chart data.

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While she wasn’t a part of XXL‘s freshman list, but she did become Teen Vogue’s most recent cover girl. During the interview, Ice Spice addressed the claims that she only blew up due to her being lighter-skinned.

“I have seen those opinions,” she said. “I feel like that’s not something personal to me. I feel like that’s been the conversation for generations and forever, since the beginning of time.”