Following yesterday’s online scuffle in response to Waka Flocka Flame as the #8 Hottest MC in the Game, we’ve got Lil Wayne at #7 on our list. Like Weezy, we’re a love machine and we won’t work for nobody but you.
Lil Wayne’s called Riker’s Island home for most of 2010, but it’s hard to tell if you’re listening to the radio or watching television. In his time away, Lil Wayne has garnered one gold album, We Are young Money which was released last December, and a #1 album on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in I Am Not A Human Being, which sold 110,000 copies in its first week of release in September. A mainstay on the Hottest MCs list, his imprisonment precipitated a fall of five slots from last year’s #2 ranking, but MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust still voted Lil Wayne the #7 Hottest MC of 2010.
RapFix checked in with a few rap experts and fans for their reactions.
“I’m scared to see who’s above him, if Wayne dropped down to #7,” said San Francisco’s 106 KMEL Music Director Big Von. “It might be Soulja Boy at #1. I’m playing, but you actually might have Eminem at #1 because he’s back this year. Still, I won’t be satisfied until we get all the dudes in a room and make them rap.”
Bonsu Thompson, Executive Editor of the Source magazine, doesn’t want to see a rhyme battle or Soulja at #1 but he does think Wayne deserves more.
“I really think #7 is a little low for a rapper of Wayne’s stature and current relevance,” says Thompson. “I mean, I know Em has the numbers and Drake and Nicki are the today but are they really hotter than Wayne? Number one album in jail? Motherf—er, G–damn.”
Elsewhere, one @MTVRapFix follower surprised us all.
LowKey, owner of YouHeardThatNew, says Wayne’s accomplished quite a bit from behind bars.
“To have a number one album while incarcerated speaks volumes in regards to Wayne’s relevance and staying power,” says LowKey. “He definitely deserves the #7 spot.”
Think Lil Wayne should rank #7? Think he should be higher or … even omitted? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!
The 2010 Hottest MCs in the Game rollout is now under way! As in 2008 and 2009, the criteria is based on a combination of rhyme skill, flow, buzz, commercial success, business ventures, Web presence and cultural influence. Upload your comments, reactions, arguments and/or your own list to Your.MTV.com or send tweets with the hashtag #hottestmcs — the best responses could be on TV or our hip-hop blog, RapFix!
Stay locked in each day as we count down #10 to #6 on our MCs list. Then tune in to MTV2 for the entire one-hour “Hottest MCs in the Game” special on Sunday, October 24, at 1:30 p.m. ET, where we’ll reveal who will be crowned 2010’s Hottest MC.