On Wednesday, MTV released the back five of their annual top 10 “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. As expected, the release came with plenty of controversy.
The lineup reads:
6. Big Sean
7. Kanye West
8. A$AP Rocky
10. Meek Mill
Kanye West, who fell from last year's No. 3 spot, phoned in to Hot 97's DJ Enuff to complain.
“To me, I feel like in order for them to put me as #7, they had to bring up things that they didn't like," West explained. "Like they didn't like the 'Cruel Summer' album, and I'm like, 'That's just [a] compilation — it ain't all rappers on G.O.O.D. Music.'”
But it’s not just Kanye being Kanye. In fact, plenty of acts are sounding off with their frustration at not earning the top spot.
During an appearance on Power 106 FM, A$AP Rocky was anything but coy when he announced his disappointment at his No. 8 placement.
When asked where he felt he should have landed, A$AP answered promptly—yep, you guessed it—“number one.”
“Yeah, I didn’t like that,” he added. “I’m going to come clean, why not?”
Danny Brown tweeted: “F*ck a top 10 list ... n*gga im the Greatest Rapper Ever.”
In the message, Brown linked to his SoundCloud, where a new single not-so-ironically titled “#HottestMC” had been released.
This whiplash effect in the über competitive hip-hop world is pretty characteristic aftermath that results from MTV’s annual MC list.
On the other hand, some rappers take the news a little more light-heartedly. On Twitter, Big Sean thanked MTV for his No. 6 placement, calling the honor “awesome.”