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.

Jimmy Wopo is holding down Pittsburgh. The self-made street rapper turned heads with "Elm Street" in 2016, before coming right back in 2017, with the music video for that song's sequel, which has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube. He's kept his momentum going with his Jordan Kobe and Back Against the Wall projects, even pushing past legal troubles (he violated his probation to take record label meetings) with sheer will and consistency (see: "First Day Out"). Now, Jimmy is set on making history by putting his city on his back in a way that Pittsburgh hasn't seen since Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller—two former XXL Freshmen.

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.

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