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.

Los Angeles rapper RJMrLA (a.k.a. RJ) has been grinding out West ever since YG and DJ Mustard took him under their wings back in 2013. He's consistently worked with those two heavyweights, contributing to YG's My Krazy Life in 2014, and both of Mustard's albums. But he finally dropped his own full-length LP last year with MrLA in May and The Ghetto in December (the latter features his biggest hit to date, "Hard Way," featuring Rae Sremmurd). RJ plans to wave the flag for the West for 2018 and beyond.

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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