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Kendrick Lamar Tops MTV's Hottest MCs List

March 8, 2013 (7:47 am) GMT
2 Chainz nabs the runner-up spot, as MMG's boss Rick Ross, Nas, and Canadian rapper Drake round up the top five.

West Coast's rap artist has just been crowned this year's "Hottest MC in the Game" via a unanimous vote by MTV's Hip-Hop Brain Trust. The "Poetic Justice" rapper makes his debut on top of the coveted list, followed only by the best of the best in hip-hop music.

Def Jam Records' artist trails Lamar in the list, scoring the runner-up distinction over last year's No. 1, Maybach Music Group's mogul , who settles for No. 3 this year. Veteran rapper also makes his debut in the list, earning the No. 4 spot just above Toronto rapper who rounds up the top five.

The top five MCs are revealed a day after MTV first announced the bottom five as a preview to the complete top ten list. Placing seventh, rapper felt he was unfairly assessed and believed he would have fared better on the list if it were purely based on the music. This rant was in contrary to what the panel claimed that the list was based on a combination of rhyme skill, flow, buzz, commercial success, business ventures, web presence, and cultural influence.

Despite West's rant, it was reassuring to hear more positive reactions, such as the one given by No. 6 MC who tweeted, "Wow thanks to @MTV 4 saying I was a star on 'Cruel Summer' n My 'Detroit' mixtape n features were crazy last year. #6 hottest MC is awesome." All in all, top MC Lamar said the list, in spite of any recent controversies that surrounded it, was good and healthy for the hip-hop industry.

MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" List:

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