Congratulations to Wiz Khalifa, MTV News' "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010"! The winner was chosen by you, the audience, from the 20 candidates MTV News selected, and announced on MTV2's "Sucker Free Summit" awards show.
To recap the rules, this poll was strictly limited to up-and-coming talent: artists could not have released a major-label album by June 21, 2010, or been voted into a previous "Hottest MCs in the Game" top 10, so MCs like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Eminem, Kanye West and even Drake — our #3 Hottest MC last year — and chart-topper B.o.B were not eligible. We'll have the 2010 "Hottest MCs" rollout later in the year.
Voters were asked to base their decisions on the following factors: The MC's musical skill (rhyme ability, flow and songwriting) as well as their buzz on the street and the impact they've had on the game so far.
Thanks to everyone who voted, tweeted and otherwise got involved! And keep an eye out for "Hottest MCs in the Game" later this year!