Jay-Z: #2 Hottest MC In The Game

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It was close, but the reigning Hottest MC In The Game falls to second place. Two is not a winner, but in this case, everyone will still remember. On to the next one.

“There’s nobody in the game that’s even coming close to spitting how Jay is doing,” MTV News’ Shaheem Reid said. “When you talk about Hottest MCs, that’s the very foundation … and Jay is just murdering everything in hip-hop right now, lyrically.”

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Previously: Kanye

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  • Yooo

    I seriously cant believe Jay got listed so high. What has he done this year?????????

  • EriNes

    I thought it was hottest in the game, not hottest making money. Sorry to say it but Jay hasnt done shit for music this year. yea hes out making money and did the shows with em but that bout it if you ask me!!

  • Yooo

    Shaheem talks shit, Jay is the best lyrically? GTFOH

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  • Truth83

    mans been touring all yr and have been doing guest appearances thats what hes been doing.

  • Yooo

    @Truth83 so touring makes him the hottest, or 2nd hottest? Don’t give me that shit.

  • Ice Cold

    Smh drake and kanye and Ross should be higher smh, jay-z shouldn’t be on the top 5 smh only thing MTV got right is eminem at 1

  • PTownWa

    Shaheem talks shit, Jay is the best lyrically? GTFOH

    ^^^

    It’s MTV homie… what do u expect??? Real hip hop heads know what the deal is…. Right now Jay ain’t spittin better than Jay Electronica nor is he spittin better Nas right now…. but it’s all about politics and success unfortunately… that’s why I don’t even pay attention to this shit. Hov fell off after The Black Album… but b/c of his overall presence and business influence niggas will ride his coattail

  • Belize

    2nd hottest is overrating him. Jay ain’t great anymore. Anyone with half a brain can realize that MC-wise, and lyrically he’s weaker than what he was capable of late 90s-early 00s. Just cuz he still make music that tops the charts (all of which feature someone else except for DOA) and signs popular artists. But as an MC he’s not killin it. Don’t kid yourself.

  • Thank Me Hater

    I agree with almost everyone on this list. We as black people HAVE to have Jay on every list or it’s a sin!!! He shouldn’t be so damn high

  • Billy Rae Valentine

    yeah this actually is one of the least understandable choices in the whole list.

    i would go as far as to say that he should be lucky to make the list at all.

    but i can remember that he’s still a staple on the radio. he’s on drake’s album, several kanye songs (but they r kanye’s songs so shouldn’t kanye be higher?), usher’s song. but i can’t really think of a bunch of shit he’s been on or just flaming the shit out of, getting his name buzzing a lot.

    whereas nicki minaj has seriously been on Everything. from outtta Nowhere, on nothing, to BaM! on every track. featured like crazy.

    what has jay done? somebody said he TOURED. ok. idk, man. just seems like they HAVE to put jay in the top 3 or heads will roll. and i’m a fan SINCE 1996. but idk.

    all in all, if u take the last few months into consideration, to me it’s Em or Kanye for the top 2 spots. em’s sales and numbers are too hard to deny, but damn kanye is killing it with big ideas and promotions.

    jay is complete honesty is not doing either of those things or anything comparable.

  • AggiePride

    WTF Y iz he so high. Don’t get me wrong hez top five all time ,but he didn’t do shit dis year.

  • So Icy Boi!

    @Thank Me Hater “We as black people HAVE to have Jay on every list” ….you mean you eastcoast niggas have too

  • illuminati

    people are going to hate on Jay-z no matter what he does.

  • http://rapradar.com/ Mr Xclusive

    this proves the list is bullshit Jay hasnt done shit this year ….MTV is favoriting people fucking bullshit

  • Bengal Nation

    Nas should be number 2 on this list not Jay. Distant Relatives is the second best album this year and Nas doesnt even get qn honorable mention? MTV dont know shit about rap music. Who are these so called experts?

  • wickwickwack

    its not the best mc in the game ,its the hottest mc in the game !
    and hot doesnt mean u had to have an album out

    he had great verses on other people´s record…he had alot of sold out concerts ,2stadium concerts
    he´s the rapper most people talk about

    This list is complete bullshit but since they even use the word mc and wacka is in there

  • Truest

    Jay at number 2? a couple hot bars shouldnt give you a number 2 spot and we all know those home and home tours was sold out cause of Eminem…smdh that’s what you get when you got New York niggas on the table debatin shit like this.

  • illuminati

    @wickwickwack i completely agree. Jay also performed in some of the biggest music festivals in the U.S. (Coachella and Bonnaroo) which other top 10 mc did that?

  • Truest

    someone need to smack that puertorican wierdo with that fruity ass beard, the fuck you talkin bout jays lagacy bitch this is a hottest of 2010 the fuck that have to do with anything smdh….

  • illuminati

    @Truest im pretty sure those concerts would have sold out even without Eminem

  • Haters are annoying–> Android, Mac Weasel, Lucas and others

    jay z really i mean top 10 but not #2

  • Truest

    ^i respectfully disagree unless he woulda sold his tickets for half the price.

  • illuminati

    @truest i can respect that. but the one in New York would have sold out simply because thats jay’s home town

  • Motor City

    holy shit #2 ? what the fuck is this ? why ? smh overrated as hell

  • Theshyiet

    U guys are fuckin ridiculous i only feel ye should have been higher than hov but while he was MIA jay was gettin airplay from that whack BP3 album n he dropped hot verses ön ye,drake and officer ricky’s track n picked points by havin huge concert with fiddy n dre as cameos n also hopped on a pop tràck n ripped it apart….all these new mcs except j cole n jay elech take pages off his lyricysm.,…

  • http://theurbancnn.blogspot.com Mr Urban CNN

    this is the most bogus list. This shit worse than that BET list. Jay-Z is not hot at all this year. He has only been featured on like 3 songs. How is that hot? His album came out LAST YEAR! They should’ve just fabolous on the list

  • LISTEN UP

    Jay made one album….

    He bought his way onto this list. The dude is a businessman. He ain’t a gangster

  • Midnite!

    Em def better lyrically than jay!that MTV dude is buggin!!!

  • yepANDnope

    LMFAO!!! Might as well call this website EmRadar because of all of you crackers! ALL OF THESE YEARS noone gives credit to this MTV list (deservingly so) and even THIS YEAR you wanna complain about positions 10-2 on the list, but for much to noones surprise you think that the decision for #1 is correct? lmfao.

    -Em is a great rapper.
    -Em should be top 10 rappers alive.
    -Em is DEFINITELY not the g.o.a.t. or even close to it.
    MOST of Em’s catalog is bulls**t music.
    -Em only sells so much because he’s white. Yes he MIGHT still sell DECENT if he was black, but he ONLY sells SO DAMN MUCH because he is a white guy. Therefore his f****g numbers are gotdamn irrelevant. I know you crackers will NEVER admit that (even though Em admitted it himself “lets do the math, if i was black i woulda sold half”).
    -Aside from the fact that MOST of his catalog is BULLSHIT music, Em took like a 25 year hiatus (obvious exaggeration stans) and them comes back and does great on a couple of songs and has a DECENT (highly overrated) album and all of a sudden hes the man again? lmfao. it must take dude 6 months to write a verse. lmfao.

    oh, and f**k BET. REAL black people know that the thoughts views opinions and programming of that f****g network is for coons anyway. So PLEASE don’t think that because the SO CALLED black entertainment channel actually speaks for REAL black people. We all hate that stupid channel.

  • Motor City

    @yepANDnope is a jay post kid you mad right ? eat a dick hater … keep playing that black / white shit SMH

  • yee!

    @yepANDnope i get what you trying to say!

  • NEWKIDONTHEBLOG

    Lyrically my ass

  • yee!

    @Midnite! name one em verse thats better than a jay verse?!

  • Android

    Why Nas didnt steal the Camel career blueprint, make a billion, start a label, start his production company with a hiphop or music channel that made a proper list vetoed by Nasir at will l0l, is beyond me. We wouldnt hav to deal with b.s like this.

  • CHUNK

    these lists are shit, FUCK JAY-Z, what the fuck has he done all year….. jumped on a couple of songs. fuck the people who make this list. AND WHERE THE FUCK IS J.COLE ??????

  • RANDOM WHITE GUY

    @yepANDnope

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an angry racist black hip hop fan call out Eminem for being a “subpar overrated rapper” that only sells because he is white, you are soooo original boy. Where on earth did you come up with such a new and exciting opinion?

    So MTV puts Eminem at #1 (which, personally, I could give a shit about. They COMPLETELY excluded him last year. Fuck the “brain trust”) and you call bullshit. BET puts Eminem at #1, and you again call bullshit saying “real black people” don’t support BET. What about when Kanye West said it on the radio a few months back? Or Drake? Or 50 Cent? How about when Jay Z said he only competes with the likes of Nas and Eminem because they’re the only two in his calibre? AND how Jay Z fucking wrote a letter to the “brain trust” telling them their list was suspect due to the exclusion of Eminem? Hell even Game said he couldn’t fuck with Em lyrically and specifically said when he was beefing with 50 he “stayed away from the white guy”.

    Why is it damn near every MC in the game respects him but the “real black folks” who listen to these artists don’t?

    Here’s the thing, I know Em fans can get a bit ridiculous constantly praising him for the most insignificant of things. I am a huge Em fan (among other artists) and I see it clear as day. But what’s equally annoying is the cliche angry black hip hop head BASHING Eminem and using “he’s white” as the entire foundation for their argument against him being one of the best in the game. Yeah, we get it, he’s white. Most white Eminem fans could give a shit. The irony is that I’ll bet the black folks like YOU don’t fuck with Eminem because he’s white. So while you’re calling out the so called “white Stans” for supporting Em because he’s white, you’re essentially doing the same thing in that you DON’T buy or support him BECAUSE he’s white. You find fault for the same reason you’re assuming others find reason to praise him: being white.

    Of course that’s all bullshit, nobody really gives a fuck what color Eminem is anymore. That shit sort of wore off mid 2003. Apparently you didn’t get the memo.

  • Your Father

    Man, BP3 was so underwhelming.
    That shit was aqua.
    How did Jay make this list with his new annoying ass delivery.
    I guess Viacom needs some bills paid…

  • mac DIESEL

    DON’T KNOW WHY THE FUCK U NIGGAS SURPRISED ABOUT JAY BEIN’ #2!!!! BP3 CAME OUT AWHILE BACK BUT THEY STILL PLAYIN’ HIS RECORDS OFF HIS ALBUM LIKE IT CAME OUT A FEW MONTHS AGO!!!! DON’T FORGET THE COLLABOS AND PLUS HE HAD THAT TOUR WIT EM!!!! DON’T KNOW WHY YA’LL SO SURPRISED!!!! EM AT #1 JAY AT #2 AND YE AT #3 IS WUT I PREDICTED!!!! REMEMBER DUMMIES, IT AIN’T ABOUT THE BEST ARTIST, BUT THE HOTTEST RAP ARTIST!!!! AND I WISH MTV WOULD CALL IT THE “HOTTEST RAP ARTIST” LIST, NOT THE “HOTTEST MC” LIST!!!! CUZ HALF OF THESE MUFUCKAS ON THE LIST AIN’T A FUCKIN’ MC!!!!

    ….AND SHOUT TO THE mac DIESEL IMPERSONATORS FOR HOLDIN’ IT DOWN WHILE I WAS ON VACATION!!!! GOOD JOB BITCHES!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Skye

    this motherfucker belonged at the BOTTOM of the list or SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ON IT at all.

  • rocky

    already the g.o.a.t next stop is the billy u get that

  • say wat?

    mac DIESEL speaks the truth! keep doing your thing big homie!

  • So Icy Boi!

    @mac DIESEL..go back on vacation nigga!!!….Gay-Z only on the list because they dick riding he aint hot…maybe he hot around the eastcoast cus all the panels from NY

  • mac DIESEL

    @ say wat?

    NO DOUBT NIGGA!!!! REAL RECOGNIZE REAL!!!! ONE!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

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  • 106

    Yall buggin who on this list did had a better year than Jay? Em Only. This is the part of the list i agree with. Jay was number 1 last year.
    Since last years list BP3 dropped it was a classic better than all the top 10 list albums.
    Nobody on this list sold more records except Em.
    Nobody else on this list headlined a tour. Let alone 3 legs of a tour.
    Features with everybody. Snoop, Drake, Ross, Kanye, Usher, etc.
    Home and Home tour.
    His first #1 single nobody else on the list had a #1 except em.
    Releasing a Hip Hop Book Decoded.
    He been in the game 14 years and these dudes still can’t top him. Jay so good now people think he the DEVIL.. CMON SON!

    If thats nothing idk what you paying attention to.

  • mac DIESEL

    @ So Icy Boi

    WUT U COMPLAININ’ ABOUT??? U GOT ONE OF YA WACK ASS BAMAS ON THE LIST WACKA FLOCKA!!!! I’M SURE THAT MADE U FEEL LIKE A PROUD BAMA!!!! HA!!!! STAY WACK NIGGA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • flawda

    WTF are you herbs bitching about, has he not been on the biggest tour this year? Has he not killed alot of verses this year? has he not been apart of this GOOD Friday shit killing it? Has BP3 not outsold everyone except for Eminem? Has he not have billboard hit songs? Has he not performed at the American Music Awards and won an award? Has he not won some Grammy’s? Has he not been on Forbes magazine? Has he not have a anticipated book?

    Seriously as side from Em and Kanye, none of them other niggas are doing shit on Jay-z level. They touring clubs, not selling albums, and making ringtone money. The list is hottest mc in the game, why the fuck are you nerds talking about Jay Electronica and Nas, one can’t even put out his mixtape and the other album flopped with Damien Marley.

  • Sin

    How jay z number 2 hottest but lil Wayne as low as 7 but yet every blog and news source follow his incarcerated thoughts and workout regimen. Wow. Politics. Eminem was excluded last yr for not touring and basically not extra vibrant despite the quality of the product. Fags

  • jeffon

    Andre 3000 did not have an album out when he made this list in 2007 & 2008

    Lil Wayne did not have an album out when he was #1 on the 2007 list.

    Drake did not have an album out when he was on the list last year so to Nicki this year.

    So to all those who are mad that Jay-Z is on the list without an album this year are fools

  • Chex

    @flawda
    What does Jay’s book have to do with the 10 Hottest MC’s list? This list shouldn’t be about how much money a person makes, rather how influential an artist has been within a 12 month span.

  • smh

    they say it bout puttin in work, well what about when in 2009 lloyd banks dropped 4 mixtapes and toured europe with gunit, that wasnt puttin in work?

  • ty

    jay should not be no 2 on that list.rozay ,drake and ye should have been above hov but somehow he is up there.mtv as usual sucking his balls

  • Sin

    smdh that’s what you get when you got New York niggas on the table debatin shit like this.

    ^^^
    AIN’T IT THO

    —-
    So to all those who are mad that Jay-Z is on the list without an album this year are fools

    ^^

    fuck an album. He had hot features n shit but realistically..??..#2…??…common sense my nigga…
    Wayne was #1 on the list in 07 beckuz he just kame off a good year started off 07 wit a 2CD MIXTAPE which is classic. Drought 3.
    Had nonstop features ALL YEAR krazy hooks. Nigga even had bootleg mixtapes. Fake tapes n shit. Vibe even did 100 best lil wayne songs for the year of 07 alone. Most anticipated album of 07 which kept gettin pushed back PLUS all the leaks that woulda been what was originally Tha Carter 3 were better than tha Carter 3 itself.
    The “why jay-z should be #2 in 2010″ v. “why lil Wayne should have been #1 in 2007″ debate should be nonexistent.

    Ps. Goddamn it’s been 3 yrs since da drought 3 dropped. Thas krazy alone.

  • REX

    cant believe wacka flocka is on the list!!!!!

  • mdot

    106 and flawda GOT IT 100% right
    How could jay not be #2..ok give em #1 cause he sold the most..the only one ahead of jay in sales is em..who else besides jay made hip hop history wit em at the home and home series..hip hop in stadiums! Have u seen his grossin tour sales?Do u understand how major that is..hip hop at YANKEE STADIUM!…all types of buisness ventures..book comin out wit a WORLDWIDE marketing campaign.forbes cover wit warren buffet (if u can see how significant that is then there somethin wrong wit u).ok now on the music tip…THEY STILL PLAYIN BP3 RECORDS!..on to the next one…empire state (only other one wit a #1 record in the country was em)..young forever..its good enuff to have one track on the radio one yr after release!..let’s not forget…SHOW STEALIN VERSES that have kept him out there witout over saturation..I wanna rock..freemason..light up..monster..so appauled..hot toddy..and they may have the watch the throne joint comin…cmon son jus stop wit the hatin..NOBODY ELSE DID ALL THAT THIS YEAR..U ENTITLED TO UR OWN OPINION BUT NOT UR OWN FACTS!

  • Decka

    Guess money is everything lewlz.

  • yepANDnope

    U know why other SMART rappers cosign eminem????? Its not because they ACTUALLY think he’s the g.o.a.t. u idiots. Its becuz they KNOW how many fans/potential fans or CUSTOMERS/POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS they would alienate by NOT saying that about their “great white savior.” And the “black white” argument doesn’t have to be original to still be TRUE you fuckheads.
    and for the record you non reading bastards, i did NOT say that Em only sells because he is white. I said that Em only sells SO MUCH because he is white. And once again EMINEM HISSELF COSIGNS THIS STATEMENT! “If i was black i woulda sold half.”
    You stand are just in denial about it.

  • yepANDnope

    Oh and i didn’t say eminem gets no respect you idiot? In fact one of the FIRST things i said is that Eminem is TOP TEN ALL TIME!!! I was simply making the VERY VALID POINT that a couple of hot verses after taking SO LONG of a break, an AVERAGE album, and JILTED sales (obviously because hes white) don’t make eminem the goat because he is far from it.

  • z

    F

  • alldope795

    it should rly be…
    1-eminem
    2-drake
    3-T.I
    4-lil wayne
    5-kanye west
    6-10 who ever the fuck….except Jay-Z, and if waka is up there, then so should Gucci!

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    @RANDOM WHITE GUY. CO SIGN!!!!

  • flyrah

    FIRST OFF OL BOY WAS RIGHT HE SHOULD BE RIGHT WERE THEY PUT EM..THAT NIGGA JAY JUMP ON TRACKS AN DISMANTLE SHYT HE MADE LOOK AT DRAKE LIKE YEAH U A YOUNG BOY ON LIGHT UP..HE BODY ROSS ON FREE MASON,HE BODY HOT TODDY ON USHER SHYT,MAN YA MOTHERFUCKERS ARE HATING…LIGHT UP VERSE WAS THE BEST VERSE OF THE YEAR BRO…….THAT SHYT KEPT HIM HOT..THEN HOT TODDY IS ALL OVER THE RADIO YA KNO HE MADE THAT DAMN SONG…BUT I DO AGREE FUCK MTV CUZ THEY DONT KNO SHYT THO….

  • Steccats

    to the guy that said name 1 em verse better then a jay verse? haha u kiddin bro? prob more then half, and how bout the whole renegade song, em kills jay on his own shitttt

  • mac DIESEL

    JAY ONE OF THE MOST OVERRATED NIGGAS EVER BUT I SUPPOSE WHEN YOU WERE AROUND ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME IN BIGGIE YOU LEARN AND CAN AFFORD TO USE HIS STYLE SINCE HE AINT AROUND NO MORE… NOT SAYING HE AINT GOT SKILLS BUT HE FAR FROM THE BEST

    AND THAT DUDE SAYING JAY LYRICALLY BETTER THEN EVERYONE IN THE GAME!! HE MUST BE A MAD JAY STAN TO SAY SHIT LIKE THAT

    DONT HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Campbell

    Jay z get the fuck outta here that nigga raps like a lil ass kid what has he spit lately bullshit bars u can compare that one song forever young to a soulja boy song

  • Michelle

    first of all the list is HOTTEST MC’s IN THE GAME!!! not the hottest mc’s who have brought out cd’s this year!! make sure you understand the list before u start making comments, and if he aint THE hottest in the game, who the hell is..I need every1 to understand the career span…now holla at me 20yrs from now, lets just c how many on the list now will still b on the list…Hatin azz nuccas kill me!!! HOVA!!! now wuts next!!!

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