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10 Hottest MCs? Not So Much…



MTV recently came up with a list of the 10 Hottest MCs. Here’s what they came up with:

1) Lil Wayne

2) T.I.

3) The Game

4) Andre 3000

5) Kanye West

6) Young Jeezy

7) Jay-Z

8) 50 Cent

9) Common

10) Jim Jones

Before you start organizing a protest against the network, remember that the list ranks the hottest and not the best MC. That said, I still have questions about the selection criteria. Are they going by record sales? Street Buzz? Skills? Regardless, I have major issues with this list. Why is The Game ahead of Kanye if we’re talking about record sales? If street buzz is a major issue, how is Cassidy off the list? How is Common near the bottom if we’re talking about skills? Where’s Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, or Papoose?

What would your list look like?


  1. JustL - July 31, 2007 11:49 am

    Where is Nas?

  2. Marc Lamont Hill - July 31, 2007 12:35 pm

    kanye who?

    what has sigel put out lately?

  3. sankofa love - July 31, 2007 4:52 pm

    I agree with you Dr. Hill. How did they miss Talib of all people???? And as far as lyricists go…what about Black Thought from the Roots and Q-Tip?

  4. Vixen - July 31, 2007 6:37 pm

    1. Lil Wayne
    2.Andre 3000
    3. Common
    4. Kanye West
    5. TI
    7.Beanie Sigel
    8. Peedi Peedi (good call Tarik)
    9.50 Cent
    10. Young Jeezy

  5. aaa - July 31, 2007 10:28 pm

    if were just talkin bout HOTTEST not BEST then

    1. lil wayne
    young jeezy
    jim jones
    kanye west
    jay z
    andre 3000
    the game
    50 cent
    yung joc

  6. Nandi_Rogue - August 1, 2007 11:52 am

    Hottest NOT BEST:

    1. TI
    Lil Wayne
    Kanye West
    Jay Z
    50 Cent
    Andre 3000
    10. Snoop Dogg

  7. Nandi_Rogue - August 1, 2007 12:01 pm

    My definition of HOT meant:

    Artists in demand (others want to work w/them & the people are anxious to hear &/or support them)

    Lyrical skill (although not all equal, for the most part, people respect these artists)

    Hustle (Taking the music &/or business endeavors to an even greater level)

  8. Ahd Child - August 1, 2007 8:14 pm

    5 words: Dylon, Dylon, Dylon, ,Dylon and Dylon

  9. Max - August 2, 2007 8:53 am

    I’m sure MTV comprised this list based on record sales, street buzz, greased palms, and to a much lesser extent: skills.

  10. dre' - August 4, 2007 8:48 pm

    uhhhhhhhhhh…. where the hell is Rakim and KRS-1? MTV is EMPTY TV

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