Our MTV buddies across the pond have released one of the most important lists of the year for the critics to pull apart and disagree with, and for you to debate over. Yes, the Hottest MCs In The Game VII list is in! As expected, the list has caused a lot of controversy and hype in hip-hop land, much like MTV UK’s version. The full list of winners are as follows...
10. Wale – Part of the Maybach Music Group, Wale has been quiet on the scene most recently, but he still beat J Cole to get himself on the list – even if it was a scrape.
9. Wiz Khalifa – This stoner hasn't done so bad for himself since the release of 'Black And Yellow'. With two albums and a sold-out tour last year, dude definitely deserved a spot.
8. Big Sean – This G.O.O.D Music member has been on every hot collaboration circa 2011 and got Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown to feature on his debut album, 'Finally Famous' – which indeed he is.
7. Meek Mill – The sought-after Philly rapper may not have had an album out last year, but his demand and hot bars and given him this prestigious spot.
6. Jay-Z – In the shows debate, MTV's Hip Hop News Director, Rahman Dukes, said that apart from 'Watch The Throne', Jay-Z has been rather inactive of recent, therefore, is this place deserved? But do we care? He's JAY-Z!
5. Lil Wayne – Young Money's boss comes in at No. 5. Say what you want about Weezy, but as MTV's Director Of Music and Talent said "almost a million a week [in album sales] doesn't lie."
4. Nicki Minaj – Sorry, Lil Kim fans. The fact is that this female undoubtedly changed the game forever. Nicki Minaj was the first female MC to perform solo at the Grammy Awards and to appear on the infamous BET cypher and the amount of records she has broken are too long to list. Well deserved.
3. Kanye West – Ever since the release of his innovative album, 'College Dropout', 8 years ago, Kanye has been pushing barriers and setting the pace for the music scene. But does he deserve to go higher on the list than his mentor and friend, Jay-Z? My question is, shouldn't he have got a higher spot?
2. Drake – We haven't seen such a game changer like this since, well, Kanye West, so it is fair to say that Drake deserved this place. The rapper, singer and actor started his own genre of emo-rap, blending emotion, melodies, hot bars and great features to produce one of the best albums of 2011. The future's bright for this Young Money artist.
1. Rick Ross – After the success of 'You The Boss', covering The Source Magazine's Man Of The Year issue and being nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards, the game wouldn't be the same without the Maybach Music Group founder. This being said, did Rick Ross deserve the No. 1 spot? Thats for you to debate...
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)