Eminem Tops MTV’s Hottest MCs 2010 List

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After his much-talked-about no show on last year’s list, Eminem came back with a vengeance, topping MTV News’ Hottest MCs in the Game for 2010. Em displaced last year’s champ Jay-Z, while Kanye West, Drake, and Rick Ross rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj was the only female spitter representing on the male-dominated list, taking No. 6—just in front of her Young Money comrade Lil Wayne.

MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust selected the lyricists based on a combination of rhyme skill, flow, buzz, commercial success, business ventures, web presence, and cultural influence.

Find out if your favorite made the cut below.

10. Ludacris
9. B.o.B
8. Waka Flocka Flame
7. Lil Wayne
6. Nicki Minaj
5. Rick Ross
4. Drake
3. Kanye West
2. Jay-Z
1. Eminem

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48 Comments

  1. mike

    i’d say it was
    1 Eminem
    2 Jay Z
    3 Drake
    4 Nicki Minaj
    5 Kanye West

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  2. J.J

    Nice to see em back to top but i dont agree with Drake being 4th on the list he should be 2nd or atleast 3rd, B.O.B deserve more than that

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  3. eminem albin

    yeah eminem is da best of all time only 2pac is bigger

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  4. a-town

    yes. slimshady4life.

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  5. Cassive Brewster

    I know Eminem’s got better lyrics than Rick Ross but Rick Ross has made so many tunes, freestyles and video’s which were all hip hop, I can’t help but think he deserved 2010.

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  6. Rap*

    wacka flacka?????????? LOL

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  7. Natasha

    Eminem is really the number one

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  8. A Realist

    This list was so retarded. Whacka Flocka Flamer should be on NO ONE’S hottest MC list.

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  9. EM

    yes. slimshady4life.

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  10. tip

    T.I should b there, at least 10th

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  11. Bizzy G.

    King Mathers 4live!
    I’m glad he’s number one

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  12. Tex

    A Realist is on some dope stuff, that man said whacka flocka is 1…lol My man, Em is beast killed Wayne on his own song, killed BOB on his own song, and last but not least killed it on Forever…with that said, he still is the one hip hop artist of all time in sales and this year…period its a wrap

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  13. daddy j

    EMINEM is the best rapper alive ! … enough said

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  14. menace

    He should’ve been number 1 last year too. Relapse was better than bp3. He killed everyone on forever. N he completely owned dis year in album, singles, and murdering ppl on guest verses.

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  15. Pinoy

    Em diffidently deserves it!!!!
    I don’t understand how Rick Ross can be on that list.

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  16. K.K.

    Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, B.o.B, Ludacris are waaaaay better that Rick Ross :(

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  17. cwalk

    1:EMINEM
    2:DRAKE
    3:LILWAYNE
    4:KANYE
    5:JAY-Z
    6:NIKKI
    7:BOB
    8:and the rest follows

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  18. YeezyFan

    1.Yeezy
    2.Ice Cube
    3.Raekwon
    4.Em
    5.Jay

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  19. 50

    Im glad EM is bk where he deserves to be but where the fuk is Banks & T.I. Officer Rick shouldnt even be considered for this list

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  20. 50

    Im glad EM is bk where he deserves to be but where the fuk is Banks & T.I. Officer Ricky shouldnt even be considered for this list

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  21. Lphinney

    Wocka flocka flame should not be on ANY list that is talking about great mc’s that stupid no talent idiot doesn’t rap he grunts and makes dumb noises shame on you MTV

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  22. REAL-RAP

    1.LIL WAYNE -HANDS DOWN…NO BODY TOPPING WAYNE!
    2.EMINEM- CAME HARD THIS YEAR…SELF PROVED
    3.KANYE WEST-CANT KNOCK HIS HUSTLE..GENIUS
    4.JAY-Z – STILL MAKING MOVES AFTER THE FACT…
    5.DRAKE -HES MAKING NOISE RIGHT NOW…WORTH HEARING
    6.NICKI MINAJ- IS SO MAJOR RIGHT NOW.MVP OF THE GAME FEATURES OFF THE WALL AND ON THE CHARTS!(BILLBOARD THAT IS) MADE HER SELF KNOWN AND RESPECTED WITHOUT A ALBUM …MIXTAPE STILL BUZZING.LIITTERLY THE ”IT” GIRL…FEMALE EMCEE HOLDING HER OWN IN THIS MALE DRIVIN SYSTEM…PERIOD SHE DESERVES A SPOT. MAYBE NUMBER 2 BUY NEXT YEAR..
    7.RICK ROSS- BOSS HE CAME WIT IT.AND MADE U FEEL IT
    8.T.I- HOW COULD YALL FORGET TIP ..HES ON HIS SHIT!
    9.GUCCI MANE- GUCCI MIXTAPE GAME IS SICK..CATCH IT.
    10.LUDACRIS- HE MADE THE LIST FOR 1 REASON..I JUST DONT KNOW IT

    BUT UP NEXT!! THAT BOY WIZ KHALIFA …

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  23. Cooookies_

    1. Drake
    2. Eminem
    3. Nicki Minaj
    4. Lil Wayne
    5. T.I.

    Why is kanye on the list?

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  24. drizzydrake313

    1. Em
    2. Drake
    (they had the best 2 albumns of the year and overall had the best year)
    3. Kanye
    4. Jay Z
    5. Weezy
    6. B.o.B
    7. T.I
    8. Nicki Minaj
    9. Kid Cudi
    10. Ludacris

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  25. drizzydrake313

    1. Em
    2. Drake
    (they gave us the 2 best albumns and overall had the best years)
    3. Kanye West
    4. B.o.B
    5. Jay Z
    6. Nicki Minaj
    7. Weezy
    8. T.I
    9. Kid Cudi
    10. Ludacris

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  26. Jojoluver23

    @Cooookies_ I 100% agree. I don’t think Kanye should have been on the list especially top 3! I was upset that he was ranked higher than drake. Kanye’s album isn’t even out yet and He just came back like three months ago! Also Lil Wayne should have been way higher than 7.

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  27. C

    Remember this is wholly based on one single year. Not forever. Don’t let favouritism deny the talent of others:

    1. Nicki
    2. Drake
    3. Eminem
    4. Lil Wayne
    5. Rick Ross
    6. Dominique Young Unique
    7. Jay-Z
    8. Kid Cudi
    9. Estelle
    10. Rye Rye

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  28. tifanyy

    hum the best is T.I

    he have f*cking good colaborations, he’s original, his songs vare attractive

    eminem did nothing good this year!! his album recovery is not his best, his colaborations are bad (i don’t speak bout the one with lil wayne)

    i did really better

    enjoy KING ENCAGED
    coming soon…..

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  29. tifanyy

    hum the best is T.I

    he have f*cking good colaborations, he’s original, his songs vare attractive

    eminem did nothing good this year!! his album recovery is not his best, his colaborations are bad (i don’t speak bout the one with lil wayne)

    He did really better

    enjoy KING ENCAGED
    coming soon…..

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  30. HipHop

    Agreed, Drizzy. Ricky and Flocka have no place on that list. Cudi should have been on there for sure, along with J. Cole.

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  31. HipHop

    And T.I. for sure.

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  32. taj mahal

    It makes sense except for flocka and ricky rosay. Kanye is at #3 for his cultural influence, production, and what he has done for the 5 months. Don’t let favoritism cloud your judgement. Cudi should be on here though because of the buzz he is getting and anticipation. I think wiz should be on here because he was the breakthrough mc of 2010 on mtv and has been getting heavy rotation.

    #1: Eminem
    #2: Lil Wayne
    #3: Kanye West
    #4: Drake
    #5: B.o.B
    #6: Nicki Minaj
    #7: Rick Ross
    #8: Ludacris
    #9: Kid Cudi
    #10:Wiz Khalifa

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  33. queen beyonce

    1. drake
    2. eminem
    3.nicki minaj
    4.kanye west
    5. jay-z

    thats my top 5 & who the f is waka flaka?

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  35. Yazzer : ]

    Umm My list.. 1.) Eminem <- Honestly I think he is the best rapper ALLTIME. Peole say Tupac or Biggie but like they just wrote about gangster sht .. Em did all that when he was WHITE & MORE. You know? People truly over rate tupac & big cause so many people like them i guess. 2.) Drake <- Just a beast xD Hes gunnah be good in the future.. hes different & I like it=] 3.) Kanye (Such a Talented Genius.. Idk how people dont see it) 4.) B.o.B <- Man hes under-estimated . People should keep close to him. 5.) Nicki Minaj [Barbie ;)] 6.) jay-z: I Havent really seen him do anything BIG o_o I think hes only that high because he is one of the game's greats. But w.e I respect him 7.) Wayne ( Maybe shud be higher but other artist are little bigger. @ this time) 8.) Rick Ross 9.) Luda – haha i love his flow xd 10.) WIZ KHALIFA Or TYGA . – Wacka is just a joke -_- he has no flow, no good lyrics.. All he does is mumble loudly & talk bout dumb sht. No one should like him, yes he is pumped up but like really .. There is so much better in the RAP game . J. Cole , Currensy, The G.O.O.D label Mates & even Lloyd banks . My opinion , pretty decent. Thanks :)

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  36. Ashling

    1.jay
    2.em
    3.kanye
    4.drake
    5.nicky minaj
    6.b.o.b

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  37. The Beast

    waka flocka wtf? sucks so much. and rozay has got some good songs but not that good.

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  38. visch

    where’s gucci mane??

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  39. Reed

    Waka is terrible, Nicki Minaj is annoying, BOB should’ve been higher, Rick Ross should’ve been much lower, And either J-Cole or Wale should’ve made the list both are taking over mixtapes and underground

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  40. Slim

    Wiz Khalifa should be where Ludacris is .

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  41. 580n8tive

    i think it shoud be em,drake,immortal,illbill nas,and under ground mcz

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  42. YE

    Anyone heard/seen kanye’s work lately, that list is bullshit!

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  43. pmikl

    Are you serious about this? Jay-Z n°3? what a joke.
    Jay-Z didn’t do anything this year, how can he be at the number 3 place?
    And Drake n°4? B.o.B at n°9?
    All this is some serious bullshit, should be more like this (unbiased):
    1-Eminem
    2-kanye West
    3-Drake
    4-B.o.B
    5- Kid Cudi
    6- Wiz Khalifa
    7- Nicki Minaj
    8-T.I

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  44. JT

    You people have no clue who are the true mc’s nowadays. Where is Kweli, Phonte, Elzhi, Royce, Black Thought, Black Milk. You keep your hip-pop & I’ll keep my hip-hop.

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  45. EpicFail

    this list is retarded..but personally this would be my list if they want to judge this year..

    1.Eminem (I dont care what color he is or whatever he definetly deserves this spot especially the fact that he is still selling his music is still out there he been in this game for years after years and still remains the same person keeping his style he is not commericial like everyone else in hip-hop nowadays.And he definetly killed a couple of nowadays rappers on their on track (lil wayne and drake) he murdered it in drop the world and forever..

    2.Kanye West (Personally I can’t name one garbage CD he made.Kanye West is a jackass but he is a great artist and the people that’s coming out these days definetly can’t top him.

    3.Jay-Z (people say he shouldn’t be up there because he didn’t do anything,I dont care for Jay-Z but I feel the people in this game now definetly can’t pass him all these trash ass so called MC’s out yeah okay I rather leave Jay-Z right one number 3 and not for nothing Nicki Minaj is on this list and has no album out.

    4.Fabolous (I mean come on the dude is fire hands down he should of been on this list point blank he got it fully lyrically)

    5.Ludacris (he might not be the best but he put in work for years and in my opinion he one of the best from the south i dont know why people be shitting on him..

    6. Lil Wayne (he in jail but he is doing his thing and I dont feel Drake or Nicki Minaj should be before him being that he is the main star in young money and definetly tops both of them)

    7.Drake (i personally dont like him at all i feel he is doing and giving out too much but he did put in work that’s the only reason why he on my list.

    8.B.O.B or J.Cole or Wiz Khalifa (hands dont they got it lyrically.

    9.Rick Ross (I dont really care for him personally neither but he has been coming out with some good stuff and put in work)

    10. Nicki Minaj or Waka Flocka (only because people feel they put in work even if they are complete garbage epic fail of an so called MC..but yeah whatever

    This is just my opinion if you want to go by 2010 because if they was judging from the 90s and so on I would of had Nas,Jadakiss,Dr Dre,Snoop Dogg and so on..

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  46. Ahhhh

    Ahhhhh KidCudi for sure should have been on this list one of the best albums of the year!!! Nicki minaj her album actually suprised me she deserves to be on the list for sure

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  47. Natureboy

    Well,i think the list is nothing but biased. T.i should be there….i mean he had one of the best albums and lyrical flow. Jay-z nd kanye shouldnt make the list. What do u think of this list? 1.Eminem 2.T.i 3.Drake 4.B.o.b 5.Nicky minaj 6.Rick ross 7.Lil wayne 8.Wiz khalifa 9.P-diddy 10.Pitbull

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  48. Ayg

    Eminem is d best of all dat is y he s Eminent. He always sapeaks of reality & personality so he wort de best because he s de best. As from me 4rm me dese are my top 5 1 eminem 2 wizy 3 t.i 4 m i 5 jay z

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