“His impact is irrefutable: Even without a solo album, he maintained a healthy and consistent buzz throughout the year, notching a #1 rap album with his Self Made compilation,” explained MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust, who selected the lyricists based on a combination of rhyme skill, flow, buzz, commercial success, business ventures, web presence, and cultural influence.
Drake takes the runner-up spot and Kanye West finishes third. Other rappers making the cut include Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and Nicki Minaj, who is the sole female on the list for a second year in a row. The Bawse’s Maybach Music Group signees Wale and Meek Mill also earn spots in the top 10.
One of the most noticeable omissions is J. Cole, who is fresh off his Grammy nomination and the success of his debut Cole World and hit singles “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough.”
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MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” List
1. Rick Ross
3. Kanye West
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Lil Wayne
7. Meek Mill
8. Big Sean
9. Wiz Khalifa