Kendrick Lamar "Feels Good" To Be Named "Hottest MC" By MTV

posted Friday March 08 ,2013 at 07:26AM CST | 217 comments

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is at the top of MTV's controversial list of "Hottest MCs in the Game" and says it feels good.

The list has been making headlines all week. Now, MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" list has been completed and Kendrick Lamar is at the top. 

Next to him in the number 2 spot this year was 2 Chainz. Rick Ross followed at 3 and Nas at 4 with Drake rounding out the top 5.  

The list has been a topic of discussion this week because of those who didn't make the top five, according to this list. Big Sean landed at number 6, with Kanye West at number 7. West was upset with his placement.

"Yeah #7 bothers me," he said in an interview with Hot 97. "For me, I feel like in order for them to put me at #7, they had to bring up things that they didn't like - [like] the Cruel Summer album. And I'm like, that's a compilation, it ain't all rappers on G.O.O.D. Music…they want to diss me and be like, 'He didCruel Summer and he can't say he ain't a part of it because he's on eight records'…[their decision is] definitely not based on a body of work." 

A$AP Rocky was also upset with his placement at number 8. 

"It's frustrating when I’m number 8," he explained to the LA Leakers. "Don’t put me at all. I need to be number one." 

Future and Meek Mill were at 9 and 10 respectively. 

Kendrick Lamar, who landed in the top spot, discussed what this means to him.

"You know what's crazy, we were looking at the years of the different MCs, and we were always like, 'Man, we gotta get on there. We gotta at least get on the list.' But to make it #1, that's a whole 'nother thing," he explained to MTV. "Feel good!" 

Kendrick Lamar's reaction can be seen below.

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  • Ollie
    There's nothing more whack than whining because you're not happy with your position on some subjective list.
  • DJboutit
    2 Hottest MCs of 2012 #1 K Rino search youtube for Deeper Elevation & 80 Minute Eternity kat dropped 2 amazing albums in 2012 #2 Nas This is not joke right here I am talking about the best MCs of 2012 not the wack azz chumps who sold the most albums. K Rino is the best underground raper eva
  • Nate Dawg
    Where is Lupe, J. Cole and Pusha T?!
  • da1
    WOW. BIG SEAN HOW. more like wiz khalifa. or someone else that had an album lately. ti had a album french coulda been on there. he makin more moves than big sean.
    • Anonymous
      i agree about wiz, he put out 2 mixtapes and an album, did way more than big sean
    pusha t has to be on this list. granted, he will never be as popular as wayne or drake. BUT lyrically, only maybe nas and kdot had a better year in 2012.
    Saigon - Talks shit about Rick Ross then brushes his teeth the very next day Lupe Fiasco - Always crying about some irrelevant shit like a emo adolescent Kanye West - Mad over some list MTV created when he should be glad he was even on it Lil Wayne - Dissing my city cause WE THE BEST and he just won't admit it 50 Cent - Talks shit about Hip Hop just cause he eating off that headphone shit Snoop Dogg - Getting money off that reggae but ain't walking with real rastas
  • Sway
    While Kanye West Feels Butthurt To Be Named Seventh Hottest MC By MTV.
  • Anonymous
    The Elite Generation Ja Rule Rick Ross Meek Mill 2 Chainz Drake Justin Bieber
    • Anonymous
      not funny, just kill yourself, the world has too many bitch niggas already
  • Ganjarelli
    This list is fucked! A lot of mainstream artists with more "swag" than ability. I had to make my own compilation to set the record straight. For each artist I will also list a standout track that I feel displays their proficiency, based on my own preferences. However, my final ranking will consider the ENTIRE body of work of each said artist, not just which song I thought was better, but ONLY take into account more recent material. Therefore, only artists with material no more than 2 years old shall be considered. Without further ado, here is my personal Top 10 Hottest MC's 2013 List: 01. Crooked I (Funkmaster Flex Freestyle - "Shook Ones") 02. Horseshoe G.A.N.G. ( "C.O.B. Cypher 2012") 03. Tech N9ne ("E.B.A.H.") 04. Jon Connor ("Reppin' 4 Flint") 05. J. Cole ("Rise & Shine") 06. Kendrick Lamar ("Swimming Pools") 07. Royce Da 5'9" ("Writer's Block") 08. Chamillionaire ("Never Enough") 09. Lupe Fiasco ("Strange Fruition") 10. Joe Budden ("Off 2 The Races") Honorable Mentions: Mayday! Ces Cru, ASAP Rocky, Big KRIT, Nas. Q&A: Q - WTF is Nas doing in the Honorable Mentions category you fool? A - Only really liked 3 songs lately. Ross' Triple Beam Dreams, Outro off Tha Carter IV & DJ Khalid's Hip-Hop. Didn't care for Life is Good (gasp!) and his best effort was a co-project with Damien Marley a while back. One of the GOAT's for sure, just a lot of new blood that deserves some due credit and only 10 spots. Q - Why'd you put in groups? It's supposed to be solo artists only dumbass! A - Cause they're awesome & it's my list, that's why! Seriously, each member of the Horseshoe G.A.N.G. could fill my #2 spot individually, but together.....DAMN!!!!! Go check them out now if you don't know who i'm talking about. Q - Why is ____ higher / lower than ____? A - These guys are all the cream of the crop. In the end it came down to personal preference. Generally I look for good storytellers with superior form and flow, ability to spit quickly and precisely, and clever punchlines (i.e. - the opposite of the kind Lil' Wayne uses). Q - Why isn't my favorite rapper on here, you asshole?! A - Because they're your favorite, and this is my favorite list. Sorry.
    • Anonymous
      props for your post even though i dont necessarily agree or disagree with your list i like that you explained yourself
  • Anonymous
    im cryin right now my nigga finally made it. we grew up together, pissed in the same urinals, and fantasized about fuckin the same women. my nigga on now, salute
    • Anonymous
      damn homie if you can get me one of them urinal cakes from a urinal kendrick lamar pissed in i will paypay you like $500
  • Anonymous
  • bring hip hop back
    AZ - the come up
  • Locc
    I remember when most niggas on this site loved Kendrick now they hate his guts and can't stand him. Funny how shit changes.
    • Anonymous
      That's what happens when you cross over into the mainstream.
    • zerocool
      Ya but he maintained his artistic integrity which means most of these idiots do not even know why they are hating on him. A lot of these guys are naming legends that are ALL MAINSTREAM artists. Biggie and PAC are as mainstream as it gets. K-dot crossed over but did not sacrifice what everyone loved about him so most of these cats should STFU!
  • ASH
    Holy trinities of hip-hop: *1st Gen: Early 80s (before solo rappers became dominant) Kurtis Blow/Ice-T/Schoolly D *2nd Gen: Late 80s-Early 90s Rakim/KRS-One/LL Cool J *3rd Gen: Early-Mid 90s 2pac/Biggie/Nas *4th Gen: Late 90s-Early 2000s Jay-Z/Eminem/DMX *5th Gen: Mid-Late 2000s Kanye West/Lil' Wayne/50 Cent/GAME *6th Gen: Early 2010s-(Now) Drake/Kendrick Lamar/J. Cole HOWEVER G.O.A.Ts (Those who stayed dominant far beyond their generation) 2pac (by default) Biggie (by default) Nas Jay-Z Eminem Kanye West
    • pops
      yall can hate on ja rule all you want but you gotta put him in late 90's early 2000's WORD!
    • Anonymous
      numbers mean nothing dont talk about the 6th gen
    • 101
      Great list
    • Anonymous
      Impact on hip hop. Early 80s - mid 80s 1st gen. Afrika bambatta, funkmaster flash & the furious five, run DMC etc Mid 80s - early 90s LL cool j, krs one, Rakim, juice crew, NWA, public enemy Early 90s - mid 90s Dr dre, snoop, wu tang, nas, 2pac, biggie, mobb deep, tribe called quest etc Mid 90s - late 90s Fugees, Jay-z, AZ, big pun, Dmx, big L, Ma$e etc Late 90s - early 2000s Eminem, ja rule, nelly, shyne Early 2000s - mid 2000s 50 cent, g unit, clipse, kanye west Mid 2000s - late 2000s The game, t.i, lil Wayne, Late 2000s - now Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, etc. Future prediction: 2013 - 2016 Action Bronson, jay electronica, Joey badass, This list just shows you hip hops downward spiral.
    • Anonymous
      jay electronica 2013? nigga plz. all his best work was released in 2007-2011, this aint dropping ever. he in the illuminati now
  • WhatHappenedtoMusic
    No Elzhi, No Royce, No J Cole, No Phonte.... besides Kendrick, Nas, and Kanye you might as well just call this the hottest mainstream list because those 4 guys I just mentioned are at the top of their game right now yet they get no recognition anywhere. Unless you have a radio hit or club banger you have no chance to get any shine any today's hip hop game. Hope those dudes continue to make good music despite the lack of acclaim
    • Anonymous
      i think you missed the point of this list, elzhi aint and phonte are not "HOT" at all
    • Losta
      I don't give none of that bullshit MTV talking about no weight. It don't matter who "hot" phonte and ehlzi are miles ahead of any nigga on this list. You gotta thing about the type of people that listen to that shit....
  • Anonymous
    This list SUCKS, only 3 real MC's here, K-DOT, KANYE, and NAS.
  • freddy
    it feels so great to see someone i idolize so much get the recognition he deserves. been a fan since day one.i am not surprised at all to see this man reach all this far! the best thing about it is its only the beginning KDOT
    • Anonymous
      "someone i idolize so much" SM DAMN H
    • Kizman
      damn, freddy is the definition of a groupie
    • Daddy
      Hope you're younger than 13.
  • RealRapComeBack
    j. cole left off 2 straight years. Something is wrong here
  • Can You Blow My Whistle
    Why are Drake/KKKanye even on the list??? I thought it was about MC's, not R&B sweethearts.
    LUDA SHOULDVE BEEN #1!!!!!!!
  • Ricky Rozay
    most of these rappers aint real niggas. Word, Nas bankrupt never was a drug runner, Lil Wayne aint no blood, Jeezy aint no BMF, 50 a snitch, Game a stripper, kendrick was gay. None of these niggas real you guys. If they was all real they all be dead now. Like it or not Ross is the new Biggie. BAWSE!!!!
    • lloc
      lol hell naw real talk tho
    • Anonymous
      ross is nowhere near biggie. mmg is over. ross is past his peak at this point. it's all down hill from here. people are sick of that recycled bullshit from a lying cop.
    • Anonymous
      Rick rawse is the bawse forever