J. Cole may be on a power trip, but the Roc Nation MC didn’t seem too concerned about failing to land a spot on MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” list. On Monday (March 11), DJ Drama asked Cole if he had any ill feelings about not being included among the 10 top-ranked MCs.
“Think about it: From what they say, it’s [judged based on] the past year. I had a quiet year,” Cole admitted during the interview conducted last week and just posted to DramaLikeTheDJ.com.
Kanye West, Drake, Pusha T and even Soulja Boy have all had something to say about the list, which concluded with Kendrick Lamar crowned as the game’s Hottest MC of the year. But Cole took a light-hearted approach, appearing to be angry about the results — while fighting to hold back his laughter.
“But still, I should be on there. I don’t give a f—, DJ Drama, they’re still gonna die, they’re f—in’ dead and I’ma kill ‘em,” he taunted MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust in a loud and menacing voice.
After Cole said he hadn’t paid close attention to who made the top 10, Drama rattled off names like K-Dot, 2 Chainz, Drake and Future, all of whom the Fayetteville, North Carolina, spitter said had earned their placements. Drama, for his part, went on to note that he felt guys like Kanye, Jay-Z and Eminem were “rap Gods” who didn’t belong in the annual conversation, which focuses specifically on accomplishments of the past 12 months.
“Some of these guys that you’re putting up against each other are from different f—in’ planets,” Cole agreed. “They shouldn’t even be in the same conversation,” he protested. “Future doesn’t even give a f— about Kanye. They don’t interrupt each other’s lives; they’re not competing on the same level, so what are you doing [ranking them on the same list]? I don’t know.”
The 20-minute interview didn’t focus solely on the much-debated list, however. Cole also discussed his new single, “Power Trip,” with Miguel and his upcoming sophomore LP, Born Sinner.