One of the most controversial inclusions on last year's Hottest MCs in the Game list was Gucci Mane La Flare. Many people argued about whether or not he even deserved to be mentioned, let alone grab the #6 spot. But in a year that included a slew of new mixtapes, some very impressive cameos, the release of The State vs. Radric Davis, and a six-month stint in jail, Mr. La Flare's earnest work paid off.
As the 2010 Hottest MCs reveal nears, Gucci's name is once again in the mix. Since finishing his jail sentence, he's maintained his momentum, as he's continued to release mixtape after mixtape and recently put out his third major-label album, The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted. When MTV News caught up with Gucci on the red carpet for the BET Hip-Hop Awards, he said he's actually looking to improve on his spot on the list.
"Even if I'm one up more than I was last year, that's good. All I look for is the improvement, said Gucci. "I'm in it for the longevity, so if I was #6 last year, if I make 5, I did good. If I make #7, I wouldn't be mad, but [if] I make #5, [that would mean] I did better than I did last year. That's how I judge what I'm doing."
He said his latest album is his best to date. It recently debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, thanks in part to his single "Gucci Time," featuring Swizz Beatz. The album includes features from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Estelle and Wyclef Jean.
"I had a great time making the album. It's the last five months of my life recorded my take on things, my principles and my morals. That's all it is."
Come back to MTVNews.com next Monday, October 18, when we'll begin revealing the Hottest MCs in the Game of 2010. And until then, talk about your picks in the comments below.