Want to know the facts behind French Montana’s XXL Freshman 2012 bear headgear? Or Who on set didn’t know how to properly swing a baseball bat?  Want to know which cover artist wasn’t familiar with any other artists on set other than Machine Gun Kelly?  Then check out a collection of behind the scenes images from XXL’s 2012 Freshman cover shoot after the jump, complete with stories and funny anecdotes directly from XXL.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

The Bear!–When asked where he got his bear, French told XXL he wasn’t sure what jungle his bear came from. His stylist quickly noted that bears don’t live in the jungle, but in the forest.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Hopsin’s Stylist–This year’s freshmen were definitely fashion-conscious. Hopsin, however, didn’t take full advantage of the wardrobe provided by XXL-hired stylists. The Los Angeles MC would literally take clothes and sneakers off of his friend whenever in need of a new look.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

MGK’s Underwear–MGK’s a comfortable guy to say the least. At some point during the shoot, the Cleveland spitter walked around the catering area in his underwear.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Macklemore’s Jordans–Macklemore’s clearly a Jordan head, as evidence on his 2011 single, “Wings.” The Seattle rapper arrived at the shoot sporting a pair of Jordan 3 Cement Greys, but quickly changed into a black and metallic silver pair of Jordan 5s. He later rocked a pair of white and dark mocha 3s.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Iggy Azalea’s Special Guest–A$AP Rocky’s sister was Iggy Azalea’s special guest for the day. Here, they’re pictured moments before Iggy went into hair and makeup.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Taco and the Bear–Taco—the dog of XXL Editor-In-Chief, Vanessa Satten—was the most popular person on set. Staffers and freshmen took turns taking care of him throughout the day. Here, Taco is pictured kissing French’s bear.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover
French Lessons–French Montana may be a Bronx bomber, but hailing from the home of the New York Yankees hasn’t rubbed off on his baseball skills. French had to be taught how to handle a baseball bat for some of his solo shots. Here, photographer Travis Shinn shows French how to take a swing.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Don Trips Learned How to Golf–French wasn’t the only freshman who received lessons on the spot. Don Trip was also tutored on using his weapon of choice: a golf club.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

MGK Goes Out Swinging–Unlike his Bad Boy label mate, MGK knows how to use a bat. At some point during the shoot, Kellz turned a broken piece of foam from a cooler into a bat and began playfully swinging it at every one in sight, including XXL staffers and fellow freshmen.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

French Montana Beat Future to the Shoot–On the eve of the shoot, XXL staffers were notified that French Montana was stuck in Miami for the night and may be a bit late to the shoot the next day. French and his team landed in New York in the morning and immediately came to the shoot. Surprisingly, he wasn’t the last freshman to arrive. Future, who was already in NY the night before, was the last man on set.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Waiting on Iggy–Future may have been the last man to arrive, but Iggy was the last freshman to be ready. The other nine freshmen on set waited for Ms. Azalea as she put the finishing touches on her hair and makeup.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Machine Gun Kelly Naps on the Floor–Perhaps exhausted from a long day of shooting, MGK decided to take a little nap in the catering area’s floor towards the end of the day.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Hopsin Didn’t Know Anyone–Hopsin has pretty much been in his own bubble. He told XXL the only other freshman he was familiar with, was MGK.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Hopsin, Macklemore and Roscoe Dash Practice–Hopsin wandered off by himself to rehearse his verses for the cypher and freestyle throughout the day. Macklemore did the same. Roscoe Dash, however, mumbled his verse to himself in the catering area.

Behind The Scenes Of 2012 XXL Freshman Cover

Roscoe Dash Is a Really Nice Guy–XXL staffers and freshmen hit it off, but according to several reports, Roscoe Dash is a particularly nice guy.

Source: XXL Mag

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