By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
Each year, MTV releases a list of ten rappers they consider to be the “Hottest MCs in the Game.” Since the hip hop media works so closely with many of the rappers considered for the annual list, the rappers call the media out. Kanye West was upset at topping the list at number seven, so he brought up him giving Sway Calloway his first TV set.
Kendrick Lamar ended up taking home 2012’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” title off the success of good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Other rappers who made the list were 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, and others. However, noticeably absent from the list are power players like Juicy J and French Montana.
MTV has stepped their game up for their 2012 countdown. Instead of the artists who did not make the list being upset, MTV has returned with “Honorable Mentions.” On this list is T.I., Juicy J, Jay-Z, French Montana, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and more. A statement was released along with the video for the honorable mentions.
Read MTV’s statement below:
Tunechi didn’t have an LP of his own in 2012 but that didn’t stop him from hitting the studio to churn out his Dedication 4 mixtape, as well as hit single “No Worries” and current chart-climber “Love Me,” both from his upcoming I Am Not a Human Being II.
Wayne also lent his bars to others, dropping verses on French Montana’s “Pop That,” T.I.’s “Ball” and Juicy J’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance.” With his 10th solo album slated for a March release, there’s a great chance that Wayne will make his “Hottest MCs” return next year. But though he toured the world, racking up record receipts, there’s no denying Wayne spent a dominant year chasing pursuits outside music.
Weezy established his skate-influenced Trukfit clothing line as a fashion force to be reckoned with, selling the gear in major retailers like Macy’s and Dillards. The YMCMB boss balanced his business ventures, including a partnership with Mountain Dew, with his growing love for skateboarding. It became clear that, at least for now, Wayne’s love for the microphone had been surpassed by his love for the decks.
Watch the entire video below: