Before the 2019 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 will launch on March 25, which means hip-hop’s rising newcomers are vying for a spot on the 2019 XXL Freshman cover.
Matt Ox had a hit on his hands before he hit puberty. In May 2017, the then-12-year-old rapper from Philadelphia put out the viral single “Overwhelming,” an Auto-Tune-driven trap cut that boasts more than 25 million YouTube views on its fidget spinner-laden video. He got his next big break in March 2018, when XXXTentacion tapped him to appear on the eventual Billboard 200-topping album, ?, on the song “???.”
In fall of 2018, Motown Records signed the teenage rhymer (he’s now 14) to a recording contract and dropped the debut project Ox, which is spearheaded by the single “Zero Degrees” and features contributions from Chief Keef, Key! and Valee. Having recently been in the studio with artists like Lil Uzi Vert, Juice Wrld and Yung Gleesh, Ox plans on dropping new material this spring.
Now that you’ve heard his pitch, remember to vote for your favorite artist beginning March 25. The 2019 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 voted, head over to XXL’s YouTube page to take a look back at the 2018 XXL Freshman Class, which featured Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Stefflon Don, BlocBoy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral and Trippie Redd.
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