The "Hottest MCs in the Game" is back! It's highly regarded, extremely controversial and bolder than ever. We're proud to announce that starting next Monday (August 17), we'll begin to reveal our list of hip-hop's top 10 kings of 2009 on MTVNews.com. This one is going to be a doozy!
As always, the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust has been keeping a close collective eye and ear to the game. We've been watching who's been moving the needle on the culture, who has impacted the game with superior skill, unmatched styIe and uncannily superior execution with their art and business. It's not just music — it's about a movement. The Brain Trust sequestered ourselves and deliberated a ranking, and the results will begin to be revealed next week — with the unveiling of the top spot happening on Diddy's "Making His Band" airing August 24 at 10 p.m.
For the MCs who think they belong on the list, ask yourselves the same questions the Brain Trust members ask themselves: Has your heat been sustaining? You can't just be hot in your 'hood or in your region. Does your reach go national — and international? Can you set the globe on fire?
Last year, thousands and thousands joined in on the conversation we first sparked in 2007. Last year was Kanye West's time: He took the crown from the champ of two years ago, Lil Wayne. 'Ye killed guest spots such as Young Jeezy's "Put On," and his Graduation was the opus of its time.
In 2009, we want you to put up and definitely not shut up. Let your frustrations or your props be heard. Each time we reveal another pick on our list, comment on it. Send e-mails, send video — we're going to put lots of it out there. And today, blast off! We want you to start sending in your lists — but be sure you're talking about the Hottest MC right now, not of all time (we already gave Jay-Z that trophy a couple of years back). There's a poll below with names of certain selected MCs: All you have to pick the name you feel is the hottest right now. The results will be tabulated. So get to it!
1. Lil Wayne- Tha Carter III had not come out when the last list was made
2. Drake- "buzz so big I could prolly sell a blank disc"
3. Gucci Mane- hottest mixtape rapper out now, but lacks the success of Drake atm (see "Best I Ever Had")
4. Kanye West- he's been jumping on a ton of peoples' songs and outshining them
5. Rick Ross- Deeper than Rap came out
6. Young Jeezy- the Recession came out since the last list was made
7. T.I.- Paper Tail came out since the last list was made
8. Kid Cudi- up and comer with a hit song and mixtape buzz, working with Kanye West
9. Asher Roth- up and comer with hit song and decent sales
10. Jay-Z- he's Jay-Z, people go crazy with every new song we get off of the BP3
50 Cent- they'll still prolly find a way to sneak him onto the list because of his beef with Rick Ross