Nas ‘Deserves’ His #4 ‘Hottest MCs’ Spot, Talib Kweli Says

'I'm biased of course. I'm from New York,' Kweli tells 'RapFix Live.'

Talib Kweli is always down for a healthy hip-hop debate, but when it came to Nas‘ placement on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” list, the Brooklyn rapper put up no arguments.

“I’m bias of course. I’m from New York. I’m into east coast, lyrical music, but Nas has been able to maintain,” Kwe said on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live,” just moments after Nas earned his very first “Hottest MCs” berth at #4 on the top 10 annual list.

“This was the year that he really put it down with the album, so he deserves it, man,” he added.

DJ Clark Kent, who manned the 1s and 2s during the hour-long show, echoed a similar sentiment. “Nas is an MC, so he should be high on the list because he’s a dope MC,” he said. “I feel Nas should be in the top five every year.”

Thanks to his gold-selling, Grammy-nominated Life is Good, Nas was able to secure the #4 position ahead of Drake and behind Rick Ross, who landed at #3. Some members of MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust felt that Nas’ dim radio presence was a knock against him, while others argued that his impact went beyond FM stations.

Kweli, was actually surprised that this was the first time that a well-respected lyricist like Nas made the list, but at the same time, he understands that Hottest MCs and Best MCs are two different things. “Now if you make a list of best lyricists of all-time and I’m not on it, that’s an issue,” Talib said.

Tell us if you agree with Clark Kent in the comments! Should Nas be in the top five every year?

What do you think of the list? Read the full list of Hottest MCs and sound off on MTV News' "Hottest MCs in the Game VIII" using the hashtag #HottestMC!


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