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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MTV Discusses the Hottest MC's

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the MTV roundtable discussion show where they ranked the Top 10 Hottest MC's for 2008. The discussions were interesting, as votes and arguments happened to swap guys around. Lil' Wayne was at the 1 spot but enough people on the panel felt Kanye was transcending hip hop to put him at the top. They also argued that Jay-Z is hotter now, due to having a major concert tour and the American Gangster album which is one of the hotter rap albums in recent times. Lil' Wayne has the Lollipop single, guest appearances, some mixtapes, but no album or tour going on.

MTV's Top 5:

1)Kanye West
3)Lil' Wayne
4)Rick Ross
5)Snoop Dogg

When it comes to lyrics and the style, I've never been a fan of Wayne like some of the masses are. I'll give him credit for being good, but at times the Wayne gimmicky style can get tired. It seems as if other guys on the list like Andre 3000, Jay, Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, etc are continuing to innovate. This isn't to say Lil Wayne is no good either, but for personal preference I'd lower his rank. Same goes for Rick Ross who I admit has talent, but his gimmick is not one I'm a huge fan of these days.

There's a slew of underrated MC's around too, but that's a topic MTV seems to have trouble with, as they don't have these guys' videos in rotation. Names like Cannibus, Mr. Lif, MF Doom, Apathy, Jedi Mind Tricks, etc etc. MTV should get with the program and develop a special to discuss these guys, the ones underground who are putting out clever material, and not ringtones.

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