Jay-Z recently shared his response to MTV‘s “Hottest MCs In The Game” list, which had the Brooklyn rapper at the number one spot.

Hov, who beat out artists such as Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent, was appreciative of the vote of confidence, but openly questioned why Eminem was not included on the list.

MTV, Thanx for this nod of appreciation,” wrote Hov in a statement. “Although I don’t strive to be ‘hot’ for any particular year, I thank you for the acknowledgment. My whole goal is to be recognized as the best ever. I created the term ‘best rapper alive’ as a sign of respect to my fallen comrades (Biggie and Tupac). I believe I’ve allowed a significant grace period, and I believe I would not be respecting myself if being the absolute best was not my goal, and that’s why I continue to push myself until exhaustion … salute. Sidebar: Kanye moment if I may … Eminem?!?! I think you do the credibility of this list a disservice if you don’t thoroughly explain his omission. As of this second he has the highest selling rap album of the year and a scene stealing verse on the best ‘posse’ cut of the year . (*Hands mic back to Taylor Swift … and nobody was harmed, I apologize in advance.)
MTV elaborated on Eminem‘s absense from the list by explaining that after releasing his highly successful comeback album Relapse, he spent the entire summer (June to September) working on Relapse 2, whereas other rappers “generated week-to-week heat with mixtapes, guest appearances, performances and Web activity.”

MTV also clarified that the decision was made prior to the release of Drake‘s song “Forever,” which featured Eminem, Lil Wayne and Kanye West.