Hip-Hop Playoffs Are Coming On MTV News!

It’s game time! Starting tomorrow (April 28) the world’s best ballers will begin to face-off in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, playing games every night until a champion is eventually crowned after the NBA Finals.

The squad here at RapFix are looking forward to watching Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the biggest stars lead their respective teams to victory. It’s the same way we look forward to rap’s biggest stars lead their teams to hip-hop dominance. So while the NBA sets forth to determine who the best ball team of the year is, RapFix is on a mission to find out who the best team in rap in our MTV News Hip-Hop Playoffs!

We examined the past year in hip-hop and identified the game’s 16 most dominant crews. Then we split them up into our either our Swagged-Out Conference or Baller Conference and created match-ups where you the fan can determine the winner based on your, votes.

A championship team is only as good as its weakest link, so we analyzed talent, sales success and overall influence to determine our 16 rap teams and come up with the proper seeding.

Over the past year it’s been pretty hard to deny Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group, just like it’s been pretty hard to stop Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. But you can’t count-out Lil Wayne’s YMCMB team. For as long as Birdman has been coaching his band of ballers to countless victorious, he’s kind of like the Gregg Popovich of the rap game. Wouldn’t you agree?

Now we couldn’t forget Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music crew. With all of their fresh energy the G.O.O.D. Music clique has been able to run circles around the competition just like Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Maybe the big three of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation can take the chip or does Hov need more than just J. Cole and Jay Electronica? Sports analysts have wondered the same thing about Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. We have a feeling they’ll go far!

It’s not up to us, it’s up to you guys. Fans get to vote in order to determine who hip-hop’s ultimate crew of 2012 will be?

Be sure to check back with our RapFix blog daily as we update you on both the progress of your favorite rap crews and your favorite NBA teams. Game On!

Voting begins Saturday April 28 at 7 a.m. ET

Check the seedings for the MTV News Hip-Hop Playoffs below:


1. Maybach Music Group

2. Roc Nation

3. Taylor Gang

4. Grand Hustle

5. Bad Boy

6. G-Unit

7. A$AP Rocky

8. D-Block



2. G.O.O.D. Music

3. Shady 2.0

4. Odd Future



7. Brick Squad

8. Dipset