Rick Ross Calls #1 Hottest MC Title 'An Honor'

'It really means a lot to me,' the Bawse tells MTV News after topping Hottest MCs in the Game list.

All the votes have been tallied, and the results are in: Rick Ross is MTV News' Hottest MC in the Game.

MTV News began the list last week with Wale at #10. A new rapper was revealed each day until Sunday's "Hottest MCs in the Game VII" debuted on MTV2. So how did the Bawse react to his crowning achievement?

"I just got the news that I was voted the game's Hottest MC, and man, it really means a lot to me, of course, but it's an honor," Rozay told MTV News from an L.A. recording studio. "It's something I've been watching, something I've been a fan of forever. Of course, MTV, they run the game. MMG, we're here. Shout-out to the whole team."

Ross topped the list, which also included Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Wale. Each MC was judged based on our Hottest criteria, which included impact, buzz, sales, lyrics, swag and the intangibles.

Rozay surely met all of the above. His impact on the game is undeniable, with his Maybach Music Group and key guest appearances on songs like Meek Mill's "Ima Boss" and Lil Wayne's "John," Ross maintained a consistent buzz all year long. His Self Made, Vol. 1 compilation album debuted at #1 on the Billboard rap albums chart. Lyrically, Rozay was a force as well, and his swag was through the roof. In January, the Bawse lit up the streets when he dropped his free 19-song Rich Forever mixtape.

When it was all said and done and MTV's Hip-Hop Brain Trust convened, there was no question that Rick Ross would emerge as the biggest boss of them all.

What do you think of our list? Sound off on MTV News' "Hottest MCs in the Game VII" using the hashtag #HottestMC!