The nine-person roundtable had some fiery disagreements over the list, especially when it came down to the top three: Drake, Kanye West, and Chance the Rapper. Members of the panel, which included host Charlamagne tha God, Nick Cannon, and Joe Budden, made convincing arguments for each rapper to come out on top. But in the end, there could be only one.
Despite Drake's dominance by the numbers in 2016, Kanye West won out as hottest MC of 2016 thanks to his accomplished new album and subsequent tour. Drake came in at a cool second, while Chance followed up with the bronze.
Here's the panel debating and defending their final order and, below, the full list of the top 10 hottest MCs of 2016:
1. Kanye West
3. Chance the Rapper
4. Travis Scott
5. Young Thug
8. Kendrick Lamar
9. Lil Uzi Vert
10. 21 Savage
Argue with the order all you want, but it's hard to argue with the fact that all of these artists made their mark on 2016.