We put the pieces in play; you guys did the heavy lifting.
About a month ago, we made the announcement of a project that left the majority of the power in the hands of you guys, our audience: "Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010." Unlike our "Hottest MCs in the Game" throwdown (check back with us in the weeks to come for details), "Breakthrough" is not about established superstars. It's all about MCs we feel have potential to shatter the glass ceiling and elevate to that elite status.
So members of the MTV News hip-hop brain trust selected 20 names based on their buzz right now, with the understanding that no one on the list could have released a solo album on a major label. We put the names out and gave you all a chance to vote on your picks for "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010." More than 200,000 votes were cast, and the polls close Friday at midnight. Now here is the fun part: You get to see the results.
Starting Monday, we'll roll out the top-five vote-getters (in no particular order). One finalist name will be revealed each day. Then on Sunday, July 25, at noon during the "Sucker Free Summit," the winner will be announced. Stay tuned and make sure to give us your thoughts in the comments section.
MTV News will be rolling out the top-five candidates for "Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010" all next week — with the winner being revealed on MTV2's "Sucker Free Summit" on Sunday, July 25, at noon!