When people balked at the notion of publications crowning Kendrick Lamar the king, MTV took note and has finally agreed with the clairvoyant. MTV recently named Kendrick Lamar as the hottest MC of the year in their annual list.
Kendrick Lamar’s residence at the top was announced Thursday night to much hype and anticipation. Lamar received the ranking by unanimous decision during the network’s roundtable made up of bloggers, journalists, and industry tastemakers.
Popular rapper 2 Chainz landed on the list in the runner up slot. While the gangster of portliness Rick Ross fell from last year’s position at number one to number three. The rest of the list read as a who’s new and hot at the moment with a few hip-hop staples sprinkled in the mix. Nas made his debut on the much debated hip-hop ranking in the fourth spot with Drake and A$AP Rocky trailing at numbers five and eight respectively.
Kanye West came in at number seven and blasted the list in a radio interview with DJ Enuff. “Number 7 bothers me. Wayne is the number one rapper in the world.” west also slammed the list for not taking into account the artist’s full body of work. However, he was appreciative that his G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean came in at number six.
Check the full list below. Is MTV right? Sound off in our comment section.
MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” List
1. Kendrick Lamar
2. 2 Chainz
3. Rick Ross
6. Big Sean