Every year without fail, MTV's "Hottest MCs" list causes controversy. It's not that the Hip-Hop Brain Trust looks to stir things up, but getting rap fans across the globe to universally agree on the game's top talent is nearly impossible.
MTV is already halfway through "Hottest MCs in the Game VIII", and already, the picks have some crying foul. Future, who landed at #9 on the list, may be the most polarizing pick to date. Some fans have taken to Twitter to argue that the Astronaut Kid isn't really an MC because of his penchant for crafting melodic hooks, while others debated that his placement on the list wasn't high enough.
Atlanta MC Pill agrees with the latter. If it was up to the "Trap Goin' Ham" spitter, Future would've be slotted north of #9 on the Hottest MCs list. MTV News asked P-I-Double-L to break it down for us, in his own words:
"I respect MTV, y'all been rockin' with me since day one. I just feel like Future, not even 'cause he's from Atlanta, but the man has been crushing everything bruh. I feel like he deserves a better spot, that's all man — just honestly.
"I feel like just as far as him and everything he's done in the game — his work, he's Dungeon Family, how many years he's been in it, how many singles he's crushed — n---as ain't comin' out the game writing records for Rihanna. All these MCs that's on this list or that's gonna be on this list, or the one's that's selected so far, I feel like Future dominates all of those. Not just 'cause he's from Atlanta, not because he's Dungeon Family, not because I know him, not because of any of these things. It's for the simple fact that the guy knows his craft. He perfected it; he and Mike Will, they teamed up, they created records, they created a sound that nobody ain't goin' nowhere without getting a Future record.
"The man deserves more. You gotta understand, when it comes to records right now, he's scorching everything. He owns a lot of records that people don't know about, he's written a lot of records that people don't know about and that he don't talk about and that I won't talk about. But my whole thing is: this guy is a phenomenon.
"When it comes to the labels you got a certain amount of records that they ship. I think that they didn't even realize the impact that he had upon hip-hop and upon radio at the time. They were just trying to get it out. Honestly, his [album Pluto should've sold more [in its first week], but the thing about it is, you gotta understand how the politics work in the industry. Obviously it was under-shipped. That guy could've easily did Kendrick numbers — 150,000 to 200s.
"I feel like Future is a hitmaker and also he's an MC. He puts his words together like no other, but he creates melodies like no other. An MC can do whatever and [Future] can do whatever. A lot of people don't understand what an MC is, that MC controls the crowd, he's a microphone checker, he's a master of ceremony and [Future is] definitely all of those things. You have these hip-hop heads that don't really know what an MC is and his qualities are. So they're typically judgmental according to these things that other hype beasts have put out there of what an MC is, because the new school don't even know what an MC is.
"LL Cool J was singing, Biz Markie was singing. You can be an MC if you sing, even 'Pac was singing, even Biggie sung. It's a part of you melodically and you're musically sound and you're inclined to do what every makes you feel like this is a good record when that beat come son. MCs can do whatever, they control the crowd, they're the master of ceremonies, if they wanna sing, if they wanna beat box, if they wanna dance; whatever... It's about control and [Future] is controlling that crowd."
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