As most of you already know, Jay-Z held the #1 spot in MTV’s ‘Hottest MC’s In The Game’ list of 2009. Up from No. 2 last year. Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Rick Ross land in the top 5, while Raekwon, Gucci Mane, Fabolous, and Drake all make their first appearances on the annual list based on an MC’s current achievements.
Below is the final rankings as voted on by the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust. (See if you can spot your favourite MC)
9. 50 Cent
7. Young Jeezy
6. Gucci Mane
5. Rick Ross
4. Kanye West
2. Lil Wayne
Jay decided to send a letter to MTV to thank them and also provides some words about the absence of Eminem. Here’s what he had to say:
“MTV, Thanx for this nod of appreciation,” Jay wrote. “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,” Jay continued. “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.)”
Think ill agree with him on this one, as this video is testimony to his point.