As you may or may not know, MTV recently released their Top 10 Hottest MCs in the game for 2010. Above you will see my list, which has some of the same people and then some people that I felt deserved to on the list. You may agree, you may completely disagree. I encourage you to comment and get some debates going in the comments section cause nobody EVER comments on blogs yet we do huge numbers for page views so I know you guys are out there. With that being said, here we go…
#10 Soulja Boy
Dis…right here…is my…#10. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny him. The kid has one of the hottest if not THE hottest song in the clubs right now with “Pretty Boy Swag”, especially if you’re dropping the Gucci Mane remix. Right when the beat kicks in you will see and hear the whole club just go HAM. Soulja Boy is not a lyrical miracle by any means, but the kid has the right formula to keep the clubs popping for years to come. Getting co-signs from Kanye West, doing songs and grazing magazine covers with 50 Cent earned Mr. Tell’em his #10 spot.
Lil’ Waynes biggest loss and what was and could have been a very valuable asset to his Young Money roster today, Curren$y, comes in at #9. MTV completely left him off their list, which is somewhat understandable I guess considering he isn’t on TV or the radio, but all the blog kids know who he is. If you followed Lil’ Wayne before he became in my opinion absolutely mediocre, back in the Carter 1 & 2 days, you knew who Curren$y was. Releasing countless mixtapes and albums in the past year or two, the Hot Spitta’s recent album Pilot Talk, is one of the best releases of the year with the follow-up already slated to come out next month.
As much as I am really tired of hearing Mr. Graham, he is also one that you cannot deny. The guy is basically everywhere and is one of if not THE innovator in the rapper & singer explosion that seems to be taking over the hip-hop game at the moment. I still stand by my statement in saying his debut album Thank Me Later was nowhere close in quality to his mixtape So Far Gone. One thing is for sure: ladies love Drizzy and the fellas wanna be him.
#7 Young Jeezy
This one might be one of the more questionable entries in peoples minds but the self-proclaimed Snowman has released some absolute heaters since his last album The Recession. Releasing the sequel to the classic mixtape, Trap or Die 2, and the title track to that mixtape being an absolute banger with production from ATLs own Zaytoven, to his recent leaks that have come from the producer that made his first album a “classic” to many people, Shawty Redd, the Snowman looks to be going back to that signature sound that put him on the map with “Rap Game” and “Sleep When I Die”. Not to mention being on one of the hottest songs of the summer with Plies in “Lose My Mind”. Jeezy was also snubbed by MTV so I am putting him on my list because every song that gets released or every album he has released I believe he has shown an extraordinary amount of growth as a lyricist.
#6 Wiz Khalifa
I will admit I slept on this kid for a good while but he has come around to be one of my favorites at the moment. I remember hearing about him years ago with the “Say Yeah” track and just kind of brushing him off. He also did a few mixtapes with my #9 pick, Curren$y, which I also slept on. The breakout track for me was probably the one die-hard fans are hating because it put him on the map, “Black and Yellow”. From that track on I have been hooked. He recently SOLD OUT his concert that is coming to Firestone Nov. 4th which shows you how much ground this guy is gaining in the hip-hop scene. His latest offering has him teamed up with one of my all time favorites, Juicy J, from Three 6 Mafia with their track “Tha Puff Bus (In My Car)”.
#5 Big Boi
Daddy Fat Sacks was another person snubbed by MTV on their list for reasons I do not understand. The one-half of Outkast literally put out the best album of the year while also putting the entire southern region in check showing them that the Boi still got it. There is not enough I can say about his debut album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Just banger after banger on the album. His range is so vast that he can go hard on one track, then switch it up for the ladies on another. Stand out tracks are the Jamie Foxx assisted “Hustle Blood” or “Tangerine” with help from Dungeon Family member Khujo and fellow ATLien and my #4 pick, T.I.
Yes, not very smart when it comes to keeping himself out of trouble with the law as of late but he has been releasing quality music left and right. I basically wrote him off after his last album Paper Trail was just a industry packaged safe move for the pending trial he had. Once he got out that all changed with his comeback track “I’m Back”, then setting the streets on fire with “Pledge Allegiance To The Swag” with Rick Ross. The Bankhead Ambassador released yet another heater today with fellow Atlanta rapper Rocko called “I Can’t Help It” which is rumored to be off his new album King Uncaged No Mercy.
Marshall Mathers took the #1 spot on MTVs list, which I felt wasn’t too far off considering all he has done since his comeback. Selling just a boat-load of albums, killing the radio airwaves, and putting out one of the better albums of his career. There is no question that his Recovery album was a huge jump in quality from the album prior to it, Relapse. I still am on the fence about my feelings about the album (why does Eminem need pop features?) but I have given it a listen and as far as lyrical ability he is clearly in a league with some of the greats.
#2 Gucci Mane
Quite possibly receiving the biggest snub of anyone in the rap game was my man and your girlfriends favorite rapper, Gucci Mane. How did this guy not end up anywhere on the list? Really? You put his rookie, Waka Flocka Lame at #7 and don’t put Gucci Gucci? Flag on the play MTV. This guy has been the go-to guy for a feature for just about everyone across rap and pop, released a beyond solid album in The Appeal, and can be heard on about every other song in the clubs. His lyrical game has stepped up so much since his Trap House days it is ridiculous. Whether its a Twista-like flow, or a smooth soft spoken delivery, Radric’s lyrical range is very vast these days and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
#1 Kanye West
Absolutely no question that this guy is #1 and should have been #1 on MTVs list. In an age where giving away free music is a common thing, no one has been putting out quality free music like Mr. West. Usually when rappers are giving away free music it is because it is a throwaway from the album and they don’t want to give away the good ones, but Kanye has been releasing solid tracks that could easily be album worthy. His G.O.O.D. Friday releases are some of the most consistent free releases I have heard in a long time. With posse cuts a hip-hop head can only dream of AND actually delivering on them, he has clearly paved out a lane of his own while building anticipation for his new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Let’s have a toast for the guy who is single-handedly saving hip hop.
Well there you have, that is the top 10 in my opinion. Agree? Disagree? Mad because I left Jay-Z & Lil’ Wayne out? Your comments are welcome and I encourage your opinions.