Thoughts on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game 2008” List

(Kanye West, the hottest rapper in the game… or at least according to MTV’s Bain Trust)

Yes, folks, MTV’s notoriously incompitent “Brain Trust” is back at it again. The same council that thinks that Jay-Z is the best rapper of all time, Niggaz4life is better than Straight Outta Compton, and – in this round – has a member who suggests that Soulja Boy is one of the game’s “hottest” rappers.

The Trust once again tallied up the ten hottest rappers in the game, at least according to their laughable standards, as they did last year, where Lil Wayne was named the hottest for managing to recycle the same basic, shitty verse on 300-some songs in a single year (what talent!).

To view a video of their discussion, just head over here and scroll down to the embedded clip, which is actually a playlist of roughly five clips. Or you can wait for whenever MTV next shows it on TV. You can read MTV profiles of all the qualifiers at mtv.com

Here’s the final list, with my own commentary on each qualifier.

1. Kanye West – Although I think it takes a retard to consider someone whose most recent album came out last September and whose most recent guest spot was on the motherfucking “Lollipop” remix the hottest rapper in the game, I do think that Kanye may deserve a spot somewhere on here, if just for the relative recentness of the “Homecoming” video.

2. Jay-Z – As you’ll soon notice, most of the rappers on this list haven’t even put out a record this year, like Jay-Z, whose most recent contribution was to “Maybach Music” with Rick Ross, which wasn’t very good, just like the “Hustlin'” remix he did on Ross’ last CD.

3. Lil Wayne – Lil Wayne hasn’t released an album in two years, has created and popularized what may very well be the worst song ever put to wax, and was murdered by Kanye of all people on “Barry Bonds.” ‘Nuff said.

4. Rick Ross – Ross should be on here somewhere, even if he isn’t a very good rapper at all. Trilla is undeniably booming with “hot” singles like “Boss” and “Speedin'” banging nationwide. Even if just because of their guest singers.

5. Snoop Dogg  – Snoop should have been in the top three, considering that he just dropped what is probably the third best CD of his career and has essentially revolutionized the game with “Sexual Eruption.”

6. 50 Cent – 50 may the worst thing to happen to rap music since the beloved human waterbed known as Big Pun keeled over (really, it takes a lot to make The Game, Eminem, and Dr. Dre all become uber-shitty just because they are associated with you), but I can’t deny that G-Unot has been dropping singles and mixtapes left and right as of late. All of his records, rhymes, singles, groups, collabos, clothes, movies, associates, and ideas may suck ass, but he is doing big things right now.

7. Lupe Fiasco – Eh, I could go either way on Lupe. On one hand, he hasn’t done anything especially relevant since “Superstar” dropped, but on the other hand, he did make a good CD once.

8. Young Jeezy – This is just really out of left field for me. I don’t know of anything Jeezy has done in his entire career, let alone the last few months, to be called a hot rapper, but maybe I’m just stupid. Either I am or the Brain Trust is, and the Trust’s track record of stupidity suggests that it’s the latter that is at fault here.

9. Andre 3000 – He did, what, three guest verses? That’s not hot. That’s not even lukewarm.

10. TI – His last CD was mostly awful and he’s been in home arrest for something like half a year now without any musical output, so I’m also clueless as to why he’s on here.

The last three really surprised me, just because they were so goddamn random. I can’t help but note that the Game should have been on here, if not at the bottom of the list.

Oh well, what do you expect when you ask MTV to exhibit discerning taste in music?


1 Response to “Thoughts on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game 2008” List”

  1. 1 Brian
    February 15, 2009 at 3:12 am

    I agree that The Game should have made the list. LAX was super hot and his flow is amazing!

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