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.

Jay Critch is New York’s latest breakthrough artist. Hailing from Brooklyn, the 19-year-old rapper has amassed a strong following online that continues to grow with each release. He broke onto the scene in 2017 with the viral hit “Did It Again,” featuring Rich The Kid. The single’s success and buzz led to record deals with Rich Forever Music and Interscope Records. Since then, the “Fashion” rapper has traded bars with the likes of Famous Dex, Desiigner and PnB Rock. Now, with an on-growing fanbase and a strong backing from Rich and Interscope, Critch is set to put the rap game in a chokehold.

Now that you've watched his 2018 pitch, 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.

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