Eric Diep

Eric Diep is a writer living in New York. He has written for XXL, Complex, BET, and HipHopDX.

Rico Nasty

XXL's 2019 Freshman Show: Rico Nasty and Tierra Whack Show Their Star Power in NYC

Every year, there is a large influx of artists that visit the XXL offices to pitch themselves to be on the annual Freshman cover before fan voting for the 10th spot begins. In short clips, each rapper tells the viewers why they deserve to be on it, listing things like their career accomplishments so far, how their music is connecting with their fans, and why it's their time now. Some actually showcase their talent – like YK Osiris, who sang “Worth It” acapella in his pitch – while others simply let their personality do the talking.