Kendrick Lamar Tops MTV’s Hottest MC List, 2 Chainz Takes Runner-Up


“This is King Kendrick Lamar” Kendrick dishes on his good kid, m.A.A.d City standout “Compton,” and now the rapper has yet another reason for his prominent crown. In a unanimous vote, MTV has awarded Lamar the top spot on their annual Hottest MC list. And considering he’s topped most year-end lists (including ours), the decision really comes as no surprise. Grammy-nominated 2 Chainz took second place on the list, while last year’s number 1 Rick Ross rounded out the top 3.

MTV’s list came under much scrutiny this past week, as both Kanye West and A$AP Rocky voiced their displeasure with their rankings (#7 and #8 respectively). Danny Brown also got in on the action and dropped a brand new track, his electric “#hottest MC,” in which he blasts the whole concept of the annual power list altogether.

Check out MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust discussing this year’s list in the clip above, and scope out the full top 10 list below:

#10 Meek Mill
#9 Future
#8 A$AP Rocky
#7 Kanye West
#6 Big Sean
#5 Drake
#4 Nas
#3 Rick Ross
#2 2 Chainz
#1 Kendrick Lamar


  • Devin Middleton

    aside from Future id say the list is pretty accurate.What I dont think Kanye and ASAP take under consideration is that all of the other artist didnt just put out their own songs or albums, but were consistently featured on other people’s work too. ASAP stayed within his crew and so did Ye for the most part, while everyone else branhed out and did work with everyone. Hell, Sean and 2 Chainz even did songs with Bieber.

  • Klint

    Kendrick belongs at #1, hands down. However having Rick Ross and 2 Chainz in the top 5 should lead to the Hottest MC list losing all cred, IMHO.

  • larae_is_bored

    the list holds no real value, credit, merit really… it’s arbitrary and shouldn’t matter what a handful of people from a tv station where the ‘M’ once stood for music. Let me as this: Did anyone actually watch this on MTV or wait for blogs to just simply post the list?

  • luc

    It’s called hottest MC’s not best lyrical MC’s.

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