Drake: #5 Hottest MC In The Game

Started from the bottom, Aubrey Graham’s guest verses lands him at #5 on MTV‘s Hottest MCs list.

As MTV News’ Senior Hip-Hop Writer Rob Markman said, Drake dominated rap features all year long, and that was underscored when you realized that every artist on his lineup had at least one big collab to perform with him on the cross-country jaunt. “He strategically had features with people he was going on tour with — so it was Waka with ‘Round of Applause,’ 2 Chainz with ‘No Lie,’ A$AP with ‘F—in’ Problems’ and Kendrick with ‘Poetic Justice,’ ” Markman explained. “Anything he touches is a guaranteed smash.”

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  • The Other P

    Surprised he isn’t higher on MTV’s list. Trini James might be on this list now.

  • joeadonna

    Check his new artist mixtape-http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/joeadonna-the-riv-tape-mixtape.78108.html

  • BBC|frn

    kendrick gonna be 1, as expected, CONGRATZ

  • dark

    Kendrick better be #1

    well deserved.

  • biggra

    now I can see Kendrick winning.

    not mad, it was his year.

  • dre

    kenny #1
    drake should be like #13

  • young

    Drake number 5?? then i guess Cole might not get a spot on this one but i still hope he will be nominated cos weezy,jigga,kenrick,ross,jeezy and da rest aint come yet!!! Chief Keef might be da number hottest mc lol

  • X

    Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jay Z, Rick Ross and Macklemore (not a fan, but he’s clearly “hotter” than Meek Mill…)

    And 2 of them won’t fit… I feel like maybe MTV did worse than usual this year.

  • DMVinyourchick

    Wtf I woulda expected drake to be higher on the list, I think this is gonna be interesting I don’t see jigga or cole makin the list them niggaz been silent, I am interested to see what they do with wale he put in mad work this year ,I already know kendrixk got number 1

  • klqrence

    well done kendrick, #1 for sure and it’s deserved

  • X

    Shit, we’re on 5 already? So the three of them won’t fit…

  • Chris

    Drake should be #1. Look at the amount of hits he was a part of for 2012. Crazy.

  • damone

    I still don’t get the Kendrick Loveday.. No hate but can someone please explain?

  • lolQ

    it was expected.

    Kendrick had the best year.

  • Ent

    @ damone

    What’s to get? He had the best year. Just the way it is.

  • Kimberly King

    kendrick lamar

    – Best selling debut for a male artist
    – big sales numbers
    – msot acclaimed album since 2010, 25th most acclaimed album of all time, all genre
    – called he king of hip hop by the industry ( hip hop heads, journalists, sites/magazines, fans, celebrities)
    – most asked artsit for a featuring (even pop super stars > emeli sandé, lady gaga, Dido, etc)
    – his album is praised as fuck, called the only UNCOMPROMISED master piece in the history of hip hop that had success, his album proved that you don’t need to go pop to be successful (MTV,billboard, XLL, The Source etc)
    – craziest increase of popularity he is headlining the biggest festivals in Europe and covering european newspapers with the name ” king of hip hop”

    still don’t understand ?

  • Dashing

    Wow. I’m stunned that he’s this high. Woulda thought he’d be #2 or #1. Damn. So that leaves 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Kendrick and who else? I can’t think that Wayne would be higher than Drake. Maybe Nas will surprisingly make the list. His album was damn near classic…

  • Tbones

    “Kimberly King,Bitch get off Kendric nuts, 70 percent of ur post is false n mere fantasies. Having said that the no 1 spot should be between Nas and Kendric.

  • R Jon

    Kendrick #1, yeahhh 2012 was your year new king of hip hop

  • Toy-T

    Curren$y in 2012 only:

    Muscle car chronicles (album)
    The stoned immaculate (album)
    Here…(ep)
    Jet world order 2 (compilation)
    #the1st28 (ep)
    Cigarette Boats (xxl ep of the year)
    Priest Andretti (Mixtape)
    3 piece set (ep)

    How does someone this consistent not be mentioned…

  • Pop123

    I knew kendrick was going to win, he had a brilliant year.

  • B.Dot

    @Toy-T outside of the ‘net, Spitta is kind unknown and has little impact. Everyone on the list so far has legitimate Billboard hits. Prolific doesn’t mean Hot

  • london

    well ..who´s gonna be number one?the fat fraud?

    where the fuck did you kendrick groupies came from? damn

  • Killaz

    congrats kendrick, you really deserve #1 spot

  • bEezze

    Drake sux, no way he can be in the same category as kendrick

    King kendrick #1 as expected, he already has the status of King of hip hop ( given by the industry + hip hop stars)

  • NoName

    so, the artist with the most acclaimed album, the one who won Lyricist of the year, the one that hip hop heads crowned KING of west coast, the one that… KENDRICK GONNA WIN :D

    proud of him

  • spqWny

    gkmc is considered as the new illmatic according to the journalists and reviews, ofc he was going to win, idiots.

  • Julie

    Kendrick is a little bit over-hyped but he deserves it.

    this kind of hype happens 2x in a decade and only for potential goats

  • LA

    Drake should be number #1.
    Most anticipated.

  • liu

    kendrick is the savior of hip hop, according to XXL, The Source, Hip hop dx, etc but also according to MTV > Kendrick Lamar: 2012’s Biggest Newcomer Snuck Up On Us – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com

    isn’t a surprised to see the new best rapper of the moment being #1 tbh

  • Mikey

    WOW, the only mc that was hotter than Drake this year was Kendrick…….it’ll be interesting to see what undeserving people get those other 3 spots, and if Drake is 5 Im thinking Cole will get overlooked……AGAIN

  • the Chef

    mtv did a good job, would have been the biggest mistake of the century if kendrick wasn’t on top of the list.

  • tucq

    Too low. Drake should be #1…..only Wayne can match him in sales. Drake will hit 800,000 plus on this next album.

  • Buggin In

    Damn kendrick had the same hype than 50 and Eminem in 2000 & 2003.

    rly cool to see him there

  • troumAns

    Kendrick Lamar with a 1000000th WIN

    That’s why this album is fantastic, it’s very cohesive and it’s all about Kendrick’s previous life.
    From the production/artists to the story, everything is about his life, big props to kendrick for that and the man has one of the most successful uncompromised albums in recent years.

    Hopefully this and other releases that do not compromise or water-down will prove that ‘aiming’ at a demographic is senseless and pleases nobody. The people you’re trying to ‘trick’ into liking the music won’t really like it anyway as it’s half rap / hardcore or, and why would you want people who don’t really like what YOU do listening to you anyway :confusion: – and then the fans who actually do like what YOU do will just be disappointed. It’s good for nothing and is a cheap tactic.

    for more honest releases.

  • FirBeg@rapfrom

    couldn’t see anybody else than Kendrick at #1.

    Kendrick is like the best rapper right now and he had the biggest hype in 2012. it’s legitimate

  • Da Business

    Drake ain’t fucking w/ Kendrick lyrically but, he definitely had a bigger yr than him. I SWEAR, MTV is on some bs…

    So, u’re telling me that 2chains, Ross, French had a bigger yr than Drake??? FOH, Kendrick is the only exception and to be frank, Drake still had a better yr than even him…

  • Real

    great to see kendrick with a possible #1

  • Kimberly King

    lol 2012 was KENDRICK YEAR. cemented.

    – Best selling debut for a male artist
    – big sales numbers
    – most acclaimed album since 2010, 25th most acclaimed album of all time, all genre
    – called the king of hip hop by the industry ( hip hop heads, journalists, sites/magazines, fans, celebrities)
    – most asked artsit for a featuring (even pop super stars > emeli sandé, lady gaga, Dido, etc)
    – his album is praised as fuck, called the only UNCOMPROMISED master piece in the history of hip hop that had success, his album proved that you don’t need to go pop to be successful (MTV,billboard, XLL, The Source etc)
    – craziest increase of popularity he is headlining the biggest festivals in Europe and covering european newspapers with the name ” king of hip hop”

  • MMGf

    Kendrick dominated 2012 just like pac dominated in the 90’s

  • Jo

    yep, kendrick = craziest increease of popularity, all genre

  • dmc

    I really hope this dies next year.

  • Hybrid

    i’m a fan of drake but I couldn’t see him being at the first spot this year.
    Kendrick was too big

  • Dashing

    I’m happy that Kendrick will likely be #1 here, but these MTV lists just aren’t consistent. If you’re talking about hottest, how is Big Sean hotter than Kanye? The only reason Big Sean is hot is because Kanye put him on 2 big records with a lot of big names.

    And then if we’re going off of who’s being talked about and who’s on the charts and who consistently is making hits, Drake has to be number 1 for right this second. AS much as I prefer and like Kendrick adding him to your track does not make it a hit record ( just ask Dido). Kendrick should have been #1 4 or 5 months ago right after the album dropped, but now Drake has the most buzz, the most talked about single, just won a Grammy, created buzz for Lil Wayne with only a few lines on his single, gave A$AP Rocky a hit record, got French Montana 2 big records on the radio….the list goes on. And this is in a year when he didn’t even drop an album.

    If the list is about best, then Kendrick should be #1, but if it’s about hottest right this second, it should be Drake.

  • Da Business

    Yo, I fux w/ Kendrick, GKMC is a breath of fresh air but, this dick riding is starting to get ridiculous…

    Let’s have some perspective folks, outside of lyrical content, if u keep it 100 w/ urself, Drake kills K.Dot in every other category. U can’t sit here and tell me that Kendrick had a bigger yr than Drake, u’re delusional if u truly believe that…

    Don’t get it twisted, I fux w/ the whole TDE movement(s/o to Schoolboy Q), let’s keep it real tho. In the game right now, there’s Drake and then everybody else… Cole, Kendrick, Sean, etc…

  • Da44avis

    Kendrick’s year was fantastic, it will be remembered.

  • haiki

    “Impact, lyrics, sales, buzz, style and the intangibles all factor in to the upcoming ‘Hottest MCs in the Game VIII’ debate.”

    > the definition of kendrick Lamar

    Nas is still my favorit erapper but he won’t make the list tbh.
    Props to Kendrick, he is bringing real hip hop back too

  • Stone

    50 cent #3… 2 chains#2….Kendrick#1….

  • thisishiphop@rapfrom

    1. kendrick
    2. ross

  • Facts

    @ Da Business

    Drake is not a MC though rather is he a singer who used to roll around in a wheel chair in ordner to gain attention

    • Da Business

      @ Facts

      C’mon my g, that line is played out…

      Yeah he sings but, u still have to respect him as an emcee.

  • davirus212

    I feel like I’m the only one that don’t see….. Or in this case hear……. What other people see/hear in Kendrick Lamar. way overrated

  • davirus212

    I mean I don’t think he’s trash but Drake killed him twice on features. Poetic justice and fucking problem….. and Kendrick is hyped to be this great mic already. I don’t see it

  • Da Business

    @ Facts

    Stop it B, so Lauren Hill was wack bcuz she can sing??? Fact of the matter is dude is a dope emcee period, the fact that he sings is a bonus, ask Cee-lo.

  • hah

    “aint really much poppin off without us nigga” Everything drake touched was a smash this can’t be serious!

  • Safe Dwade

    Kendrick Lamar MONEY TREES!!!!!!

  • yaboy

    So top 4 (in no specific order) – WEEZY, ROSS, 2CHAINZ, KENDRICK

  • ultrakid

    i think Drake needs to get bumped up higher on the list, i say Trinidad james should take #5 spot, Drake is atleast top 2 or 3, Kendrick will probably get #1 spot, wouldnt be surprised if Cheef keef or 2Chainz ends up high on the list also they were popular this year

  • HOVA

    So y’all wanna tell me Drake is the 5th hottest MC and Kanye West is the 7th hottest MC today. It really doesn’t matter who is at number 1, 2 ,3… this list is bogus. A list shouldn’t change drastically from year to year. Kanye West, Drake, and Rick Ross are still the hottest MC’s today.

  • trueg

    drake sux, he almost ruined poetic justice.

    I’d like to see Nas i nthe top 4 and even if I’m not a fan, kendrick deserves #1

    2012 = kendrick lamar, it was booring as fuck but it was clearly his year

  • mac DIESEL

    ‘OL BEIGE BOY SHOULDA AT LEAST BEEN IN THE TOP 3!!!! U TELLIN’ ME THERE’S FOUR OTHER NIGGAS HOTTER THAN THIS MULATTO MUT???

    DON;T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • B.Dot

    So what if I had sex with an Asian boy? I enjoyed it

  • kilazzZZzz

    ‘m still not understand how Big Sean made the list but Wiz and TI are not likely. But some how Big Sean jump 3 spots over Future, Asap rocky than Kanye. The MTV braintrust are doing drugs.

    1)Kendrick
    2)Wayne
    3)2 Chainz
    Wiz
    Tip
    And Ross

  • Santos

    proud of you kendrick, you should be #1 coz you’re the best right now

  • Playboy69

    Drake is HOTTEST RAPPER IN THE GAME!…Even Wale is mad at him!…LOL!

  • TK

    YEEZY should be number one but nickelodeon is being a bitch about it.. think about it man watch the throne was one of the biggest hip hop events in century.. that’s some shit you’ll be telling your kids about someday and people who didn’t go to the shows were probably watching clueless or some shit like dat.. think about it man.. there is nothing kanye isn’t involved with.. while 50 out there trying to sell drinks kanye is doing his thing.. I don’t care what nobody says this list is bullshit but still if anybody should win besides kanye I hope it’s gonna be Kendrick.

  • Shamba Menelek

    I thought Nas would get 5 if they were to put him on the list and drake would be 2.

    So who are they gone put on the list besides Kendrick? Im scratching my head.

    The only others I can think of is Nicki Minaj, Ross, Wayne, Kendrick.

    1.Kendrick
    2.Ross
    3.Nikki
    4.Wayne

    1. Kendrick
    2. Ross
    3 Wayne
    4. Nicki

    I doubt Nas made it. Could they Put TI or Trinidad James on the list for one song.
    Im Curious now.

  • Yo

    Drake better than everyone hands down as an overall artist. Kendrick is a close 2nd.

  • Carda

    (1)Kendrick Lamar (2)Curren$y (3)Rick Ross

  • Foreign luccini

    Rob markman said it best. Drake on your record guaranteed smash muthufuckin hit ya biitch!!!!

  • missedgyc

    Drake is first
    The reason is

    HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER IN THE GAME WHO GIVES 2 HOURS SHOW TO HIS FANS , HE IS ONLY 25 YRS OLD AND HAS MORE HITS THAN ALL YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS.