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.

Rico Recklezz has released more than a dozen mixtapes in his career, and now it seems like everything is coming full circle for the Chicago spitter. His latest project, Big Recklezz, caused controversy as he came for some of today's biggest hip-hop acts, but it quickly became his biggest tape to date. If that wasn't enough, his takes on Tay-K's "The Race" and 6ix9ine's "Gummo" have a combined for more than 5 million plays on YouTube. Rico is currently prepping another mixtape, which may prove once again why he's a force to be reckoned with.

Now that you've heard his 2018 XXL Freshman 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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