It’s finally here! After teasing its arrival and much anticipation throughout the game, XXL and two-time Grammy-nominated rapper Latto proudly unveil the XXL Cypher Lab Presented By STARZ’s Power Book III: Raising Kanan out now. Watch HERE and via XXL HERE.
Breaking ground, this represents both a natural extension and evolution of the famed XXL Freshman Class Cyphers. Most importantly, it has made history as the first XXL Cypher to star an ALL-FEMALE group of MCs.
This cohort of rappers undoubtedly brought a barrage of heat. RCA Records global superstar artist Latto set the tone by bringing together the most elite female rappers in the culture for a major moment. The lineup notably boasts her RCA Records’ labelmate Flo Millli plus Maiya the Don, Monaleo and Mellow Buckzz. Quotable bars fly in a crossfire like bullets as each lady takes her turn in the spotlight and leaves the mic in flames. For nearly six-and-a-half minutes, these women devour their verses, as each making a case for a spot at the top.
In her massive cover story, XXL chronicled Latto’s choice to curate this Cypher and proclaimed, “There’s no rap artist currently out there that would have served more perfectly as the ringleader.”
In tandem with the Cypher, XXL also shared a thought-provoking and timely roundtable interview between the rappers where they discuss various topics deriving around women in hip-hop. Watch it intriguing and thought-provoking conversation HERE.
Together, they prove that the future is female and the future is now!
This quintet of female bosses is in good company with Raquel “Raq” Thomas, the lead character of Power Book III: Raising Kanan. They share her ambition, attitude, intelligence, toughness, and vision. Power Book III: Raising Kanan stands out as a Starz flagship show enjoyed by millions of viewers each week. Season 3 of the hit show will air on December 1, 2023, at 8 pm ET/PT on Starz.
Latto gracing the cover of the latest issue of XXL marks a full circle moment from her 2020 XXL Freshman cover and viral cypher. Issue is out now, read it HERE.