Kendrick Lamar Addresses Being Left Off Of MTV's Hottest MCs List

Kendrick Lamar speaks on his omission from the top 10 emcees of the year.

J. Cole previously spoke on his omission from MTV’s Hottest MCs list, which also did not include Kendrick Lamar. Speaking with Karen Civil, K. Dot addressed his absence from the ranking, brushing off the oversight and saying that it’s “not really a big thing for me.”

“I just look at it as an opinion factor,” he said. “It’s all about what the people want at the end of the day, so people know what it is. It’s not really a big thing for me I know it’s more exposure but the people know what it is. All it’s going to do is bring more controversy to the game. I think it’s dope, though.”

Watch the full interview below, where he also touches on working with Pharrell Williams and more.

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104 Comments

  • GrimGenius

    LMAO @ people catching feelings over a list smh

  • Anonymous

    It's not MTV's fault. They cater to what sells and to what teenagers are downloading and blogging about. I'm sure Lamar has talent, but so what? Rakim had talent. Q Tip had talent. Guru had talent. Does that mean it's America's fault they never sold hundreds of millions of albums?

  • DJ Charlie Hood

    MTV aint hip hop son. showed us that when Yo MTV Raps went off the air. fck em. if you aint got Section . 80 wth are you listening to this pass year

  • Anonymous

    Its all political. Whens the last time you saw a kendrick lamar video on MTV?... exactly, so they are not gunna support him. The funny thing is that Sway is like the leader of the round table that chooses these guys and you know that if it was truly up to him and not the forces that be, there would be a lot more different names on that board.

    • kself

      Cosign 100%. When he read Jay Z's name it sounded like even he couldn't believe Jay was 6th. The list would be more appropriately named, "The 10 Biggest Pop Star Rappers of the Year."

  • sniper

    Kendrick Lamar is doing 2020 hiphop in 2012. He is so far ahead of these other emcees out here it is incredible... his concepts and lyrics make him the heir to true MC's like Rakim Allah and Nas.

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  • PM2126

    I thought MTV was a reality tv network They cover music too? Who knew?

    • Alf

      lmao, right, mtv is wack anyway they dont know a damn thing about hip hop, i didnt see the list and dont care for there list, but a true list should contain emcees such as Joe Budden, J Cole, Black thought, talib and mos def, slaughterhouse eminem nas diabolic prince ea and the likes of artist like that

  • supergnett

    Really , MTV is bullshit... they are the force behind all the gimmicks in hiphop... They made it cool to pretend... along with radio.. all the sudden its cool to where tight ass pants skateboard, an smoke joints while yellin out fuck blunts, bitches really thinking they are barbies an shit... white broads sayin nigga an niggas naming there album "im gay".. its crazy.. disrespectful to the body of hiphop... back to the list, again its bullshit.. if they gonna go with the hottest then you gotta have em an 50 in there... no disrespect but 2 chainz can tour in africa an all these other contenants... gotta throw jay an kanye in there.. gotta throw wayne an drake in there... an a few other cats.. mtv should name this shit to "MTVs most dick ridin mcs in the game.... meek goes hard along with alot of other niggas but u cant be the hottest nigga in the game without having a album out... when you got niggas like em 50 jay kanye out there, you cant put a nigga over them who never realeased a official album...

  • whoohw

    damn MTV has a top 10 MC's list, LOL? I must have missed it. i have no clue, I never watch MTV, BET, etc. they play the same commercials everyday. i'm sure my favorite MCs were not listed anyways, but they get my support! was Drake listed? SMH! someone give kendrick lamar a hug, ur shits dope!

  • BigWo0orm45

    MTV list lost its credibility awhile ago. Just like how The Source did. This list doesn't mean shit, just shows the direction of mainstream rap. That's why none of the rappers left off are taking offense, they know that the listeners know whats hot.

  • Fossie

    Stop hatin K-Dot!!!!Fuck MTV!!

  • Jay

    Ight real top mcs of 2011 (No particular order) 1. Black thought 2. Roc Marciano 3. Kendrick Lamar 4. Currensy 5. Action Bronson 6. Royce da 5'9" 7. Pharoahe Monch (should be close to number 1) 8. Big Krit 9. Tech N9ne 10. Rashad/ Rasheed Chappel/ COmmon YES j cole's album was a disappointment...i was the biggest cole fan and that shit sucked and was bland lol had a few good joints but dissapointing

    • Alf

      J cole album was only a dissapointment cause of the high expectations, i thought it was solid way better then most the albums, currency dont belong in the same breat as the emcees you named straight up, not even a top 100 rapper, i like the people on your list but j cole would no doubt deserve ot be on there if currency is, currency and no budden? Joe Budden is going harder then anyone in the game right now his lyrics is impeccable got the ebst metaphors and his concepts and his ability to reach the deep intellectual is what hip hop is about, but your list is way better then the majority peoples wack lists, good to see black tohught on there one of the most well rounded rappers got it all from flow to lyrics to concept, Nas eminem and Joe Budden are a must on any list tho

    • Anonymous

      we only got like a dozen of songs by thought so that aint enough, atleast not to be #1

    • illness

      you/re crazy nigga if you think black thought aint hot...

    • Anonymous

      all them dudes can spit , but really, kendrick an royce are the only hot niggas on there

  • Anonymous

    Its sad how real rap gets pushed off and the radio shit is now called rap > but lil wayne dope af you dont know what your talkin about

  • PREMIUM J

    Mtv dont know sh-t about hip hop,,lol,,Kendrick should of been on it,some of my top mc's Currensy, Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, Gilbert Forte, C-Plus

  • Anonymous

    Nonsense from lamar.It simply means he's not skillful and needs 2 work harder instead of being wack so don't blame Mtv. the new weside connection??? Shut the fuck up son!

    • Anonymous

      ^^ that basically describes Lil Wayne

    • Anonymous

      he is ignorant as fuck and doesnt know rap, my stepdad would slap the shit out of me for sayin dumb shit like that.

    • SCHWARZ

      IT SIMPLY MEANS FOOLS ACTUALLY BELIEVE THIS LIST HAS ANY CREDIBILITY. ONLY PERSON I SEEN SOMETHING HAPPEN BECAUSE OF A LIST IS BUDDEN GETTIN' PUNCHED IN THE EYE.

    • Big C

      Their not ranking on skill, their ranking on whose the hottest, thus the name. Besides do you honestly think MTV knows shit about rap? The poeple on the pannel said 2 Chainz was "lyrical"...

  • SniperGuy

    As much as i enjoy new artists like Lamar & cole, the thing i notice about rappers nowadays is that they ain't got no venom in them. Have muthafuckas lost the will to speak their mind even if it is talkin some shit. Fuck MTV. These dudes actin like political candidates. The rap game needs more cats on a similar vein to immortal technique, someone who dont give a fuck about rap politics.

    • Anonymous

      Last time Joe Budden said something he got decked right in his eye. But I totally agree man. These artists be so scared to voice their opinions on issues.

    • D-Lloyd

      We need somebody like 2 pac to come in the game and put these puusy niggas in there place!

    • Roland

      I agree 100%. Emcees are too afraid to step on toes !! They gotta let peeps really know how they feel. Fuck that diplomatic shit !! Sometimes you gotta let your ego run and not be modest. Keep it real: Fuck MTV !! What the hell do they really know about Hip Hop !! When was the last time they showed a video ?

  • The B

    How is Jim Jomes hot? Is because of hiphop wives?! LMFAO!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Its MTV, who gives a fuck anyway??

  • Anonymous

    The list is pretty accurate, in terms of who is the "Hottest". There not debating on who is the most skillful on the mic, who has the most money, it's a list based on who is the "hottest". If your movement is hot, your records hot, and the masses are following you, you will be up there.

  • Anonymous

    SMH...people still get their feelings hurt over a list?

  • XMizzzyyyyy

    Its not a big deal. MTV doesnt carry much weight in the music industry nowadays. i mean whos gonna take a network seriously that plays shit like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom..... No1. Period.

  • Anonymous

    Jim Jones, Drake and Wayne over Kendrick Game and J.Cole the system is fucked. The only artists i agree that should be there K.R.I.T, Em and Jadakiss (cause he produced and had a lot of features)

  • RTJ00

    MTV dont support real MCs!

  • Anonymous

    I dont understand..... who IS on this list????

  • ItsTheTruth

    Kendrick Lamars 'HiiiPOWER' > The entire MTV list

  • Huey Newton

    K.Dot IS THE FUTURE OF HIPHOP! IT SEEMS LIKE REAL MC'S NEVER MAKE THAT BULLSHIT MTV LIST. NO ONE CARES ABOUT MTV NO WAY!!! THEY CATER TO THEM FAGGOT ASS RAPPERS NOT INCLUDING MEEK MILL!!! BIG SHOUT OUT TO KENDRICK LAMAR AKA K.DOT.

  • fLiP

    Its like Budden said on Who Killed Hiphop..."MTV a list of the hottest and ignored the nicest"

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    Based solely on last year and in no particular order: Eminem Kanye Drake Kendrick Lamar KRIT Rozay Wayne Minaj Meek Mill Wale/J Cole/Jay Z

  • Anonymous

    Its a bigger honor to not be on this list

    • ETK

      ^lol @ this sumbitch, don't try to downplay money all of a sudden like some naturalistic bullshit, money makes the world go round and you know it. if I'm a given a chance at making 6 figures, I'll fucking take it in a heartbeat and 3/4 of these niggas would too.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^ Those Big artist all suck, and there's more important things in life then money

    • YESSIR

      YEAH THATS WHY THE BIGGEST HIPHOP ARTIST IN THE WORLD ON THE LIST AND GETTING MONEY

  • Mitch 3K

    LOL Anybody who is over 16 years old and still watches MTV should kill themselves All that station is good for now is Fake Reality shows aimed at teenagers, they play like 3 m usic videos a day, and its usually from whichever major label artists there being paid the most for They dont qualify these kind of awards by talent, they rate them by who is the biggest idiot they can exploit, whoever is the biggest media whore gets the prize, thats why its a list of the "Hottest" and not the "Best"

  • Duffillbot

    The fuck do MTV know. And Yessir doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about. If "making it" commercially and being in the clubs is what it is needed to be in that top 10 I'm glad Kendrick Lamar ain't.

    • iamhiphop

      I agree about Em, Jay, and Kanye, but Wayne's gonna retire and Drake is just another hot-at-the-moment rapper.

    • YESSIR

      KENDRICK WILL NOT HAVE A LONGER CAREER THAN WAYNE DRAKE JAY Z EMINEM KANYE

    • iamhiphop

      everything YESSIR says is irrelevant. With or without anyone, Kendrick will have a longer lasting career than half of these cats on this list. Besides, like Kendrick said, the Hottest MCs list is just opinions. It ain't even help nobody's careers. This is the same list that had Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka in the past. They should change the name of the list from Hottest MCs to Most Buzzed-About Rappers because there's no true emcees that made the list (except for Raekwon).

    • YESSIR

      NIGGA KENDRICK WANT TO BE A RICH NIGGA HE EVEN ADMITTED THE SHIT HE WANT TO BE COMMERCIALLY HOT HE WANT WHAT DRAKE GOT YMCMB IS SUPPORTIVE OR KENDRICK SINCE HE IS SUCH A BIG WAYNE FAN HE BEEN ON DRAKE ALBUM AND MACK AND BIRDMAN MIX TAKE YMCMB OVOXO WISH KENDRICK ALL THE SUCCESS. TO BE HONEST THOUGH SCHOOL BOY Q NEW PROJECT IS BETTER THAN SECTION 80

  • mike

    He's top 5 alive... these kids abd the industry are killng good music

  • YESSIR

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JAY Z IS NUMBER 6 ON THE LIST HE AINT EVEN MAKE THE TOP 5 YMCMB MMG WE THE BEST NOBODY STOPPING US

  • master

    they need to change that pic of him and JROCK.he shouldn't be showing yall that he's a fake hip hop dude.he's really from piru(blood).FAIL

  • YESSIR

    KENDRICK AINT THAT HOT YET HIS SHIT AINT IN THE CLUBS OR THE RADIO BUT YMCMB IS HELPING HIM DRAKE GOT HIM ON TOUR WE WORKING TO GET HIS BUS UP

  • Anonymous

    dudes dope with or without MTVs say so! and lets b honest, who gives a fuck about mtv anymore??

  • datdudefromnyc

    its MTV people...lol and teh list is for hottest, not the nicest MC for crying out loud WAKKA FLAKKA was on the list. oh EMPTY-V you humor me so.

  • One

    By debut album, I mean an album purposely made as, " O.K. guys, here's a few singles and ishh, buy my music if you feel it." He was convinced to put a price on it.

  • nibs

    "Your opinion is your opinion but kendrick lamar is one of the most lyrical mc's in the game today and that is a fact, not an opinion." I lol'd at this. Do you understand what an opinion is? Read a book dick cheese.

  • joey bags

    kendrick lamar is all internet hype. can someone please tell me how many copies he sold of the supposed classic section.80 album? he's got dr.dre gassing him up, features on a drake album, feature on game's album, and he's still a commercial failure. why? he has no star power. he's a soft spoken quiet nerd, bitch type nigga, with soft fans that put him on a pedestal just because he's not as bad as lil wayne or brick squad. dude sucks, really bad. makes awful music for awful people. lyrical trash. find a new hero, this guy is not fit to save the day.

    • iamhiphop

      @joey bags, Anonymous #4, and Anonymous #5, y'all some stupid ass Niggas. You probably like YMCMB, MMG, and Brick Squad. Kendrick Lamar is a dope rapper. He's better than half of the rappers on the list. He never was a mainstream artist and Section 80 was a mixtape, not a full studio album.

    • Anonymous

      kendrick lamar is a loser. he got on drakes gay album, was honored, got blessed by snoop, game, and dre, and he's still a fucking nobody making boring fag music no one outside the blogosphere cares about. you love the nigga so much buy his album. so how much did section 80 sell? digital whatever. he's the hottest in the game right? another joe budden. loser emcee with a ton of gay internet stans that gas, gas, gas, only to go missing when its time to support.

    • Aylife

      Really dude? It's sucka's like you that keep the rap game so fucking lame now. We all know Kendrick never had a shot at making this list yet but he's the example of what hip hop needs to be.Fuck MTV and their doodoo ass list

    • AnonyMUFUCKA

      ^Section.80 was a digital album. No physical copies. "Fuck a sale. niggas don't need sales to be hot" - AnonyMUFUCKA So, you're saying Tha Carter IV>> Illmatic, Live & Let Die, etc. you's a bitch nigga.

    • Anonymous

      how many albums did section.80 sell? hes the hottest in the game right? surely he has the sales to back that up? never met anyone in real life who likes this nigga. only internet geeks that think hes the best rapper since nas.

    • Anonymous

      kendrick lamar=j.cole Talented artist who will be ignored and dissed because the ADA crack babies who listen to music now can't process their messages.

    • Anonymous

      holy shit, lamar got haterz already. sheez

    • One

      So lack of star power means you're unskilled? Not only does that make no sense, he has plenty of star power. He just doesn't make those types of songs. I know of girls who love Tammy's Song and such though. Hell he has as much as J.Cole at least. Section.80 was a mixtape/project by the way, he hasn't had an actual debut album yet. Hate harder.

    • Wyldfyer

      Really homie? Your life is THAT miserable? My nigga is iLL! FACE IT!!! The list is not the 10 BEST MC's or KDot would be at the top for sure... along with J.Cole and a few other cats.

    • Anonymous

      says the bitch typing on his computer.

    • Mac

      Your opinion is your opinion but kendrick lamar is one of the most lyrical mc's in the game today and that is a fact, not an opinion. Please keep taking time out of ur day to hate on him though, ur keeping his name in the game, hi haterr

  • Wow

    This is unfortunate. Kendrick was clearly in the top 10 last year, he's definitely one of the top ten hip hop tour acts of the year. Please. And it's a Hottest "MCs" list. Have we forgotten what an MC is?! Hip Hop is so much more than dance music, let's not put our culture in a box. If you wanna dance go listen to Big Sean or who ever, If you wanna chill and smoke go listen to A$AP or whoever, if you want to think and be aware go listen to Kendrick or whoever. HIP HOP IS LIFE! WE CAN'T JUST RAP ABOUT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ALLLL THE TIMMMEEEE....

  • Anonymous

    ITS BECAUSE HIS AN UNDERGROUND MC AND NOT ON A MAJOR LABEL THAT HAS MONEY AND MARKETING ALL THE ARTISTS ON THE LIST ARE COMMERCIAL RAPPERS WITH BIG LABELS BEHIND THEM HALF ARE NOT EVEN REAL MC'S BUT IT IS MTV AND THEIR AUDIENCE IS WHITE TEENAGERS

    • Anonymous

      he lowkey signed to a major he just picking up more buzz b4 tha label decide to push him same thing that went down with wiz, real underground stay just where it is..

  • Anonymous

    "All the over the head talk stopped poppin a long time ago..." Maybe it needs to come back. We tired of lettin dumb nigga take over everything. Intellegence is always HOT

    • ETK

      ^....that's because of illegal downloads becoming a major issue, you idiot

    • Anonymous

      Funny how all the "90's artists" are all over forbes and top hip-hop earners lists while your swag artisst are selling only 2 mil in their prime and no where near jay, puff, dre, snoop etc. in terms of wealth. Swag

    • swagg daddy

      look niggas all that shit yall talkin is irrelevant just stfu n go buy a 90's hip hop box set or be the 100th buyer of ya favorite lyrical rapper album lol SWAG!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I'm startin to think that dumd niggas is smart. They have played a trick on the entertainment industry (and the world in general) to make t those who are intellegent look like they are lacking and "uncool." They have really educated the world that it is okay to be ignorant and lack substance. damn that's deep lol

    • staxx

      I'm anti- dumb nigga. That's what's wrong with hip hop right now. There's too much dumbin' down goin' on right now. Kendrick is a breath of fresh air for me right now.

  • Anonymous

    Real shit I dig da boi but he is not HOT right now...Im from Cali and his buzz is liteweight but growing. Get off the Proff. Griff militant shit, relax, realize you're still a kid and make some good music...period. All the over the head talk stopped poppin a long time ago...

    • readthesenikes

      When did the racism end? I didn't get the memo! Over the head talk - wow so you are one of those huh. I guess they can fill several books with what you don't know. No problem I can use them to cremate your dumb ass with. You use words like buzz and hot - makes you sound like an industry hoe. In the real world Black people are still getting shot, killed and beat down by the police. They giving out awards for Black women playing maids in 2012 but I guess that's OK with you. You little skinny jean wearing turn the other butt-cheek faggots make me sick. You obviously ain't built for war so stick to what you know: Lipstick Girls stretch-pants Dicks Enemas Dildos Assholes Get the picture mark? Warning: stay in your lane I eat punks like you for breakfast lunch, dinner and breakfast!

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