Each year around the beginning of March, artists begin sending in pitches to XXL, hoping to wind up on the magazine’s highly-coveted Freshmen list. Thus far, we’ve seen Lil Herb, Bishop Nehru, Fat Trel, and a few others try to convince us they have what it takes to grace the cover along with eleven of their peers, each turning in a short video clip to the publication. We know this is usually handled by rappers themselves, but today we’re taking it upon ourselves to pitch on behalf of those rappers (and, in the wake of Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina’s appearance on the 2014 cover, singers) we think deserve the spots.

Here are ten artists picked by our editors, and the reasons XXL should include them on the list. 

Are there any hot young artists you can vouch for? Tell us why they're Freshmen worthy in the comments.