Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Jay Sean And Ryan Leslie Share Their Hottest MCs


By Vanessa Denis

Forget Halloween. This Sunday (October 24) is going to be terrifying for some rappers as we unveil our Hottest MCs in the Game list. Today (October 18) we announced Ludacris as no. 10 and we’ll be rolling out one MC each day, leading up to our fight for the last five airing this Sunday on MTV2. Recently, we hit the streets where Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Jay Sean and Ryan Leslie disclosed their favorite MCs.

“The Hottest MC for 2010, that’s a hard one … One of my favorite MCs is Ghostface, that’s just me, that’s who I am,” she said. “I’ve definitely always got love for Jay since ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ you should see me on the piano playing ‘Dead Presidents.’ I definitely love the classics, I can’t front.”

Jay Sean gave props to Detroit’s golden boy.

“Eminem proves that he is an amazing, amazing MC because he can come back after such a long hiatus and bury everyone, props to him too,” said Jay Sean.

Producer-cum-MC himself Swizz Beatz had a laundry list of MCs to name check, but we guess so since he’s worked with most of them.

“Drake, Kanye, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Fif,” said Alicia Keys’ husband, donning a fly velvet bow tie, before admitting his true favorite rapper.

“Jadakiss, even if he don’t put nothing out because I know what he’s capable of doing,” added Swizz. “I can go on and on, I’m a fan of everyone, Busta … because I see the artists on and off the scene, so I see what they’re about to come with and I know what they came with that didn’t really take off so … that’s my list.”

Ryan Leslie would normally seem like an odd fit for the Hottest MCs, but the prodigy R&B singer-songwriter recently rhymed on Kanye West’s “Christian Dior Denim Flow” so he’s definitely in the club.

“I think I’m going to have to give it up to G.O.O.D. Music right now,” said R.Les. “[As for MCs, I’m] actually working with right now and that would be Kanye, Pusha T, my homie Prince, Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent.”

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