The good kid from Compton bested 2 Chainz for the top spot on MTV’s eighth annual "Hottest MC in the Game" list. MTV's hip hop brain trust crowned Kendrick Lamar over superstars Drake, Kanye West and last year’s winner Rick Ross after the Black Hippy spitter spent 2012 wowing the world with his unique brand of lyricism.
Kendrick won the title by unanimous vote from MTV’s panel of experts, which included veteran journalist Sway Calloway and MTV News Senior Hip Hop Writer Rob Markman. "When it's all said and done, Kendrick Lamar is going to be an important voice of his generation," said Markman of the decision.
K. Dot’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, moved over 700,000 units and spawned hit singles "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice" featuring Drake. Since signing with Interscope and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment in March of 2012, Lamar has been an unstoppable force, ripping guest verses for A$AP Rocky (who claimed the eighth spot this year) and helping to put his Top Dawg Entertainment label mates Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q on the map. "That's craaaaaazy," said Kendrick when Sway informed him of his new title.
Runner-up 2 Chainz also crushed the competition in 2012 after changing his name from Tity Boi and releasing a string of hits, including "Birthday Song," "I’m Different" and "No Lie" featuring Drake. Based on the MTV judges’ criteria of sales, buzz, lyrics and intangibles, the G.O.O.D. Music affiliate was a strong number two candidate, beating out Rick Ross, Nas and Drake who rounded out the top five.
Big Sean and Kanye West came in at six and seven, respectively, a decision Mr. West contested during a now viral call-in to Hot 97’s DJ Enuff earlier this week. "I’m happy for Sean, but I feel like he should be top five,” said West. "(Being named) number seven bothers me." If Mr. West had his way he would have given the top spot to Lil Wayne.
Number eight seed A$AP Rocky was also unhappy with his placement, voicing his displeasure to LA’s Power 106. He edged out Atlanta crooner Future and Maybach Music Group young gun Meek Mill who filled the number nine and ten spots. MTV’s always-controversial list was first introduced in 2007, when Lil Wayne was named number one. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Rick Ross have all topped the list in years past.
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