The hip hop brain trust at MTV had their say, now Kanye West wants his. The music superstar broke his self-imposed media ban to express his displeasure with being ranked No. 7 on the "Hottest MC in the Game" list. The annual hip hop power ranking normally stirs heated debate among rap heads and this year is no different.
Mr. West called in to New York's Hot 97 radio to tell DJ Enuff that he is bothered by his placement. MTV's rap experts had a grueling debate over where to place Kanye, but in the end the Watch the Throne MC came in at No. 7, one spot below his G.O.O.D. Music protege Big Sean. Though he admits to being "happy for Sean" he still thinks the Detroit MC "should be on top 5," for "the way he just be bodying records, like the way he started off that 'Mercy.' "
Most upsetting for Mr. West was the rationale the rap round table used to justify his spot.
"To me, I feel like in order for them to put me as No. 7, they had to bring up things that they didn't like," West explained. "Like they didn't like the Cruel Summer album, and I'm like, 'That's just [a] compilation — it ain't all rappers on G.O.O.D. Music.'
West championed the merits of the singles-heavy album.
"I mean, Cruel Summer got "[I] Don't Like" remix, "Mercy," "Cold," "New God Flow," oh and "Clique"! You can't name five records like that on no album," he continued. "But they wanna dis me, and be like, 'He did Cruel Summer, and he can't say he ain't part of it 'cause he did eight records. ... Ain't nobody bringing up that [Rihanna] "Diamonds" remix verse, like there was no verse in a year that was f---in' with that verse!"
As more evidence for his case to be ranked higher West recalled one of his most quotable lines of the year.
"I don't think it's them really going bar for bar: I said, 'Lucky I didn't have Jay drop him from the team!' " he said, quoting a line from his track "Cold," which alluded to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian's brief marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries, who now plays for Jay-Z's Brooklyn Nets. "Ain't no bar, ain't no bar in the entire past four months hotter than that bar. That's one bar! I come from this battle rap; that's how I grew up. I'm from Chicago."
Even though Yeezy made a strong case that he deserved a higher ranking, he still chose someone other than himself to wear the crown of "Hottest MC."
"I think that [Lil] Wayne is the number-one rapper in the world," Ye said to the surprise of Enuff. "Him and Jay, and Eminem and certain people are like the greatest rappers of all time."
It didn't take Weezy long to show his appreciation for being regarded in such high esteem.
"That's the ultimate compliment coming from a humble, great, extremely creative, & superior genius...I appreciate that Yeezy!," Wayne wrote via Twitter.
The MTV Hottest MCs debate continues this week with only four spots remaining. Meek Mill (#10), Future (#9), A$AP Rocky (#8), Ye, Sean, and Drake (#5) will know soon enough who joins them on the list.
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