Picking the “Hottest MCs in the Game” is no easy task — just ask [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist].
Granted, the OVO boss was a bit unprepared for the question when he walked the carpet at the Bing Bar during his trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, but Drizzy came up with some favorites.
“[artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist], obviously, #1,” Drake told MTV News last month before he continued to rattle off more names as they popped into his head. “J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar.”
Drizzy places bars at a premium, and though it took a few seconds, he name-dropped one of his favorite MCs, calling out an early Wu-Tang Clan affiliate La the Darkman. “Crazy, though, amazing, amazing bars on that,” Drake said without naming a specific La mixtape or body of work.
The Take Care MC acknowledged Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne, as well as Meek Mill and the entire Maybach Music Group. However, he did fail to name his Young Money boss Lil Wayne — though we’re sure it was merely an oversight.
When asked to determine what his own positioning on the “Hottest MCs in the Game” list should be, Drake took a very humble road: “Whatever it is, I’m just here, I’m just trying to make good music.”
Tune in to MTV2 on Sunday, February 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT to catch “MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts,” then watch “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” immediately after at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT before capping the night off with “Sucker Free Certified” at 11 p.m. ET/PT.