Over the course of a week we have had rants, diss records, and now MTV has announced their number one pick for their 2013 “Hottest MCs In The Game”. MTV has chosen Kendrick Lamar and deemed the Compton emcee as this years “Hottest MCs In The Game”. His debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city surpassed everyone’s expectations, surprised non believers, and made a fan out of each and every hip hop artist.
Congrats to TDE/Interscope/Aftermath. Great job Kendrick!
Full List:#10: Meek Mill | #9 Future| #8 A$AP Rocky | #7 Kanye West | #6: Big Sean | #5: Drake | #4: Nas | #3: Rick Ross | #2: 2 Chainz
Released in October on Interscope by Top Dawg Entertainment and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, the LP earned Kendrick a gold plaque before 2012 was over and is making its way toward platinum status with more than 700,000 units sold to date. The Drake-assisted “Poetic Justice” just crept into the Billboard’s top 10 on the Rap charts, while his platinum-selling commentary on alcoholism, “Swimming Pools (Drank),” hit #1 on the Rap Songs chart. “Every time you listen to the album you get something new. I was worried that he was such a great lyricist that that wouldn’t translate to sales and then he blew it out of the water,” said RapFix Blog Editor Nadeska Alexis.
After the jump, celebrating his number one deemed seat as the MTV’s Hottest MCs In The Game, Kendrick performs “Poetic Justice”.
Rich Forver, Self Made Vol. 2, God Forgives I Don’t, Black Bar Mitzvah… yeah, Ross got it.
When you talk about some of these cats, it’s a quantity-versus-quality thing, and that’s not the case with Ross — he has both,” said MTV’s VP of Music & Talent Programming Strategy, Yomi Desalu. “Ross is out there putting in work.” Not only did Rozay drop his gold-selling, #1 Billboard album God Forgives, I Don’t, he also rallied his Maybach Music troops to release the compilation Self Made, Vol. 2. Of course, who can forget that he gave out a pair of mixtapes for free: Rich Forever, at the top of 2012, and the jacking-for-beats-style tape The Black Bar Mitzvah, in October. Combine all of that with a string of features on hit records like Usher’s “Lemme See” and French Montana’s “Pop That” and it becomes increasingly difficult to deny the MMG mastermind.
After yesterday’s controversial Kanye comments, the MTV Hottest MCs ranking continues. Take away the fact that I’m not a huge Nas fan in general, but personally I don’t think he had a hotter year than Drake – but I’m just a blogger so go ahead and listen to the “professionals” debate above.
Not only did Nas drop potent stick-to-your-rib singles like “Daughters,” “The Don” and “Bye Baby,” he went to great lengths to craft memorable story-driven videos to match. ” ‘The Don’ was a great visual, ‘Daughters’ was a great visual, ‘Nasty’ was great and I think with this record coming off of Distant Relatives, nobody expected this,” pointed out MTV Programming VP Yomi Desalu while referencing the mixed reviews surrounding Nas’ Damien Marley collaboration album in 2010.
Do we agree with this or should be just go through the motions. Anyways, Aubrey has been killing records on the feature side especially with “No Lie”, “HYFR”, but we don’t think he deserves the fifth spot. Anyways, that’s just Ace talking.
Apart from impacting with songs like “HYFR,” Drake’s hooks and verses for other artists, including the #1 rap singles “No Lie,” reverberated during a year when Y.O.L.O. was still running its course. “Drake’s at the point where his lyrics become people’s mantras,” said Renaud Jean-Baptiste, story producer for MTV2′s “The Week in Jams.” “He just steers the direction of the culture — lyrically and style-wise.”
Previous: #10: Meek Mill #9 Future #8 A$AP Rocky #7 Kanye West#6: Big Sean
We hate to say this, but Big Sean beating out Kanye West is something we expected. He has countless features in 2012, his verses are quotable, not to mention the adlibs, and he released a successful mixtape, Detroit. The first single “Guap” isn’t our favorite, but here’s what MTV’s own had to say about the number 6 spot.
Already known for his catchy ad-libs, Big Sean really established himself as a cultural fixture in 2012, beginning with his verse and hook on G.O.O.D. Music’s Grammy-nominated single “Mercy,” which made the word “swerve” a fixation in the process. A few months later, he surprised fans when he appeared alongside — and held his own — the Throne on “Clique.”
Previous: #10: Meek Mill #9 Future #8 A$AP Rocky #7 Kanye West
Struggle Tune himself comes in at #9 on MTV’s Hottest MC List. .
What began as a strictly underground run began to take off in 2011 with Future’s “Tony Montana” single and its Drake-assisted remix. During 2012, however, Future sky-rocketed to new heights with high-powered pop hooks, while still keeping his hold on the streets. His mix of melodic arrangements and raspy rap bars were a sure-shot formula for some of the year’s biggest hits.
On Thursday, March 7th, 2013, MTV will air their annual Hottest MCs In The Game at 10 p.m. ET on MTV Jams. Last year there were a lot of ups & downs, but who knows about this year. According to MTV News, the MC’s will be judged up their “impact, buzz, sales, lyrics, style”.
On Valentine’s Day, J. Cole released the first official single “Power Trip” which features Miguel off his forthcoming sophomore album, Born Sinner. He explains the “sound” of the record and proclaims he has another bigger record with the same stature.
“It sounds like nothing that is out. You know what I mean, it was between that and another record that may be a bigger record, but ‘Power Trip’ had that newer sound. They both got a new sound, but ‘Power Trip’ absolutely, you couldn’t point to any other song on the radio, and be like oh this sounds like that.” – J. Cole
Also check out J. Cole interview with the LA Leakers after the jump.
UPDATE: J. Cole Talks About The Loss of Nas “Stay” & Rick Ross “Tears Of Joy”