NOTE: The 2009 Hottest MCs in the Game has been rescheduled for October — so that you, the fans, can have a seat at the table! The readers' poll now closes on September 21 — head here for more info and voting information.
Since we published our poll asking fans their picks for 2009's Hottest MC in the Game, over 100,000 people have taken notice, voted and chimed in. (Editor's note: The poll is meant to spark conversation, and it has no bearing on the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust's list of the 10 Hottest MCs.) One of the names that fans continue to bring up is [artist id="2545682"]Drake's[/artist]. The young Canadian's fans say he squashes the competition — but Drizzy still feels he has a long way to go.
"What a lot of people don't understand ... people may be like, I may be one of the best MCs — not yet," he told us recently. "I'm 22. I got a lot of growth."
Which brings up an interesting point: Drake hasn't even dropped an album. Yes, he's building up a string of stellar guest spots — like on Young Money's "Every Girl" and Fabolous' "Throw It in the Bag" remix — and his mixtape, So Far Gone, is a certified classic on the underground circuit, spawning radio hits "Successful" and "Best I Ever Had." But with only 10 slots on the Hip-Hop Brain Trust's list, should a person with no LP under his belt make the cut over somebody who has not only had singles in rotation but put product out in stores?
Even if Drake doesn't make the Hottest MCs list, he said even being considered is "an honor."
The debate over who is the hottest MC of 2009 is on! Cast your vote now — series begins August 17, with the top MC being revealed on the August 24 episode of "Making His Band" at 10:00 p.m. ET!