Spike Lee Picks Jay-Z, Kanye West For 'Hottest MCs In The Game'


Spike Lee attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month to screen his new film "Red Hook Summer," and MTV News caught up with the legendary director to pick his brain for thoughts on who should be crowned MTV's Hottest MC in the Game. At first, Lee tried to dodge the question, deferring to the flick's young castmembers Toni Lysaith and Jules Brown. "You're asking the wrong person," he playfully told MTV News' Josh Horowitz.

Lysaith happily chimed in. The cheery actress who plays Chazz Morningstar quickly ran down a list of rap's heaviest hitters for her "Hottest" picks. "I personally like Drake and Jay-Z and Kanye West; that's just me," she said.

"Red Hook Summer" stars Jules Brown, who plays Flik Royale, a 13-year-old boy from Atlanta who moves into a Brooklyn housing project and struggles to adjust to his new surroundings. The new star fittingly looked at the new generation of rappers to top the "Hottest" list. "Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Curren$y," he confidently nominated.

Spike, on the other hand, went with some old favorites, two of the game's most consistent hit makers: the Throne. "For me, it's Kanye and Jay-Z," he said, as if there was ever any doubt.

Lee is such a fan that he even attended Hov and Yeezy's final stop on their Watch the Throne Tour in December. "Last Night I Saw Final Show Of U.S. Leg of Watch The Throne Tour at Staples Center in LA.Jay and Kanye Killed It To Death," he tweeted.

Who should be crowned the "Hottest MC in the Game"? Leave your comment below! 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.