words by Peter A. Berry
Before the 2018 XXL Freshman class will be revealed this summer, the Freshman hopefuls are here to show and prove why they deserve a spot in this year’s class. The 10th Spot voting has officially launched, which means hip-hop’s rising newcomers are vying for a spot on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover.
Rich Brian first burst onto the scene with “Dat Stick,” a comical song that immediately solidified his status as a viral phenomenon in the making. Now he’s off to greener artistic pastures—and he’s still a big deal on the web. Two months removed from dropping his debut project, Amen, Rich Brian remains in good standing. His videos—like the one for his 21 Savage-assisted track, “Crisis”—routinely amass millions of views, matching his SoundCloud totals, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Now that you’ve watched his pitch below, it’s time to vote. The 2018 XXL Freshman 10th Spot will run for one week. This is where the public gets the chance to vote an artist into the XXL Freshman Class. Go here to make your vote count for your favorite artist.
Once you’ve voted, head over to XXL’s YouTube page to take a look back at the 2017 XXL Freshman Class, which featured A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Aminé, Kap G, Kamaiyah, Kyle, Madeintyo, Playboi Carti, PnB Rock, Ugly God and 10th spot winner XXXTentacion.
And watch all the 2018 XXL Freshman pitch videos that have been released on XXL‘s YouTube page here.