Kendrick Lamar: #1 Hottest MC In The Game

Sa prize!! King Kendrick Lamar takes the crown. Well deserved. Congrats.

“K-Dot earned the #1 spot in a unanimous decision, while 2 Chainz landed in the #2 slot. While both MCs made indelible marks in the last year, it was Kendrick’s artistry and commercial appeal that helped him earn the title. Lyrically, Lamar is an expert spitter who weaves complex rhyme patterns around soul-drenched beats, with as unique a style as rap has seen in years. And while verbal depth isn’t usually a marker for rap success, the Compton rapper moved major units when he dropped his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city”

The hottest in the game himself closes out the debate with “Poetic Justice” below.

Previously: #2 2 Chainz#3 Rick Ross l #4 Nas l #5 Drake l #6 Big Sean l #7 Kanye West l #8 A$AP Rocky l #9 Future #10 Meek Mill

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  • Probably the only number that was right on the whole list

  • troumAns

    DESERVED

  • Capostatus

    Are you serious??? Hes cool, but…..

  • It’s the roc

    Dominoes!

  • FLO

    FUCK SALES NO WAY KENDRICK WAS HOTTER THAN ROSS LAST YEAR…FOH….GLAD NAS MADE THE LIST THO

  • coolio

    bullshit

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Congrats to Kendrick !

  • @ flo
    Ross cant even go gold bra! His artist sell more then him ..artist dont even commercial hits out like t.i and jeezy sold more then him..his biggest sing of last year had drake spitting like a hundred bars on it..

  • Rattle1

    definitely agree with him being 1

  • TheChef

    Best rapper of the year and hotter rapper of the year #1

    NORMAL

  • Readyto

    Well done, only kendrick could do it !

  • Kimberly King

    Kendrick had no competition, he won easily because he is the best

  • Heat with that 30 call me D-Wade!!

    ALL THE STANS ARE CUMMING ON THEMSELVES RIGHT NOW!

    Kendrick Lamar is cool but y’all stans OVERRATE him so much….GKMC was cool but that album is overhyped to the max.

  • YMCMB fan

    not a fan but I agree with that.
    He had the best year and gkmc is the only classic of the decade with MBDTF

  • SaveHipHop

    This is 100% accurate. He is a living legend. Agree with @says this is probably the only accurate one.

  • v1ent

    the one who released a classic is #1

    normal. Long live Kendrick

  • Dopeness

    Only one who could be #1

    congratz

  • krazy

    Deserved.

  • x

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeea well deserved ! Gkmc >>>>>>>>>>>

  • JaffaRR

    What they said about him and his album was powerful but true, classic album

  • trueg

    FINALLY someone who deserved his spot !!!! good job MTV

  • brollya

    congrats to my nigga kendrick….. already knew he was go be number 1 off top…. maybe the game a get back to that real hip hop/gangsta/thuggish ruggish feel and not so much pop

  • Hybird

    HELL YESSS

  • lolQ

    was about time to see a real mc at the top of their list

    King Kendrick Lamar, welcome in the legend

  • ramSt

    KNEW IT !!!!!!!!

    congrats homie

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    Reblogged this on La Vertu Du Vice.

  • Gonz0

    the others were all clowns.
    couldn’t see anybody else at #1.
    good job mtv, for once.

  • Now hes gona get fucked over with the “it aint better the good kid mad city tho” haha

  • avrik

    Probably the only number that was right on that list

  • yEAAAJ

    King Kendrick takes the throne

  • Scrilla(That #1 hottest MC spot was robbed!! That position belongs to Young Jeezy!!)

    WTF YOUNG JEEZY WAS ROBBED! AND DID THESE MOTHAFUCKAS FORGET NICKI MINAJ IS A RAPPER TOO!! HOW WAS NAS HOT? ONE SONG ON THE RADIO WOW NAS IS WASHED!! JEEZY KILLED KENDRICK ON HIS OWN SHIT! K.DOT FIRST WEEK SALES WERE FAKE THOSE WERE ALL DR. DRE BUYS!!

  • NoName

    mtv did the right thing.

    props to kendrick

  • ROYALTYOFTHISSHYT!

    K.DOT ON THE FUKIN RISE … STEP UR GAME UP FAKKITS

  • the Chef

    all dr dre buys ?
    thats why he is headlining the biggest festivals in Europe and thats why his concerts = sold out ?
    morron.

    kendrick #1 !

  • Scrilla(That #1 hottest MC spot was robbed!! That position belongs to Young Jeezy!!)

    KENDRICK IS NOT A GOOD RAPPER HE SOUNDS LIKE A RETARDED 4TH GRADER! HE LOOKS LIKE A FUCKING MONKEY! WEST COAST HAS THE WORST RAPOERS EVER INCLUDING TUPAC

  • Scrilla(That #1 hottest MC spot was robbed!! That position belongs to Young Jeezy!!)

    I’M NOT DONE RANTING HELL NAH I’M ON MY KANYE SHIT! HOW THE FUCK WAS PUSHA T OR MEEK HOTTER THAN WEEZY? YOU CAN HEAR A SONG ON THE RADIO WITHOUT LIL WAYNE ON IT! DEDICATION 4 IS THE MOST DOWNLOADED TAPE IN MIXTAPE HISTORY! HE KILLED DRAKE ON HYFR AND MOTTO HIS VERSES MADE THE SONG(S) HOT!!

  • Hybird

    good job MTV, you crowned the right artist

  • PARTYHARDERDENYAFATHER

    this nigga is fukion OVERRATED AS USUAL, I LIKE THE ALBUM BUT IT WASNT MY CUP OF TEA , SHIT WAS TO ANIMATED FOR MY TASTE BUT LIKE THE 2ND PIC 2CHAINZ THIS IS MTV SUCKIN COCK, I LIKE 2CHAINZ TO BUT CMON LML THIS IS A JOKE

  • bEezze

    But even with all of the metrics, it’s Kendrick’s impact on the game that he’ll be most remembered for when the hip-hop community looks back on the year. Artistically, good kid was the album with which all albums were measured by in 2012. Not only did it resonate with fans, it was also a commercial success in an era where albums don’t thrive like they used to.

  • Mattyboy

    Rightfully so!

  • ANnderS0n

    K.DOT ON THE FUKIN RISE … STEP UR GAME UP FAKKITS

    CONGRATS TO THE NEW KING

  • klqrence

    he is the one who saved hip hop

    he made me forget about tupac, Nas & Biggie

  • Pop123

    I’m 45 and he is probably one of the best rappers I have ever heard in my entire life

  • kennyis a joke

    ?????? what

  • kdot4 resod,t

    deserved.

  • FirBeg@rapfrom

    he had absolutely no competition.

    it’s like its too easy for him to be the best

  • trueg

    So many retards here.

    perfect choice MTV, kendrick was the only one to deserve the top spot

  • Claudio Oliveira

    Just saw it on mtv, damn so happy for him, we finally have a real rapper on the mainstream scene

  • dars

    definitely agree with him being 1

  • wow

    k.dot is not the fuckin best he sounds like a cartoon to ANIMATED , PUSHA T SHOULDVE BEEN SOME WHERE ON THERE SMFH, and he has no damn subject pattern… dick riding continues in 2013

  • Phili tuRu

    I don’t really like his music but yeah, his album was the only classic album of the year, it’s deserved

  • edi

    its hottest not the best
    mtv puts a label on some…………… future
    but doesnt remain constant.

    besides poetic justice and swimming pools…………… kendrick wasnt really out there

    2 chainz was everywhere more than kendrick…………..

    they made it about whos the best at the end……..

    then in that case future shouldnt even be here

  • radar

    Wait what ? the best MC at #1 ?

    lol MTV did a good job :O

  • Fif @@@ f

    deserved, he was the best AND the hottest,
    he had the biggest hype this decade

  • amadoue

    props to MTV for this time, they did the perfect choice

  • Dottomen

    King Kendrick Lamar takes the crown. Well deserved. Congrats.

  • spqWny

    Congratz Kendrick, you deserved it nigga

  • Mxs

    COOOOOMPTONNNN WE HERE !!!!

  • STINKMEANER

    yeah kendrick got great lyrics and he sold a ton of records. it is rare when the really good rap is also really marketable and popular. kendrick totally deserves this.

  • YMCMB fan

    @STINKMEANER

    I agree, it’s deserved !

  • computer geeks fav

    bloggers nerds finally win k.dot the book bag rapper has one, the man who co[pied kanyes flow on POWER and raps like tpain won the top spot how ????

  • Jonboi

    This list is all fucked up. What the fuck happen to Wiz, Lil Wayne, Ace hood. Meek Mill should be higher. Ace hood and meek mill been killing the game this year. And wiz been doing his thing tooo. Then u gona leave out lil wayne, I know he doesnt rap like he use to but dude still killin sales and makin hits. Come on mtv. This is fuckin horrible!!!!!!!!

  • Scrilla(That #1 hottest MC spot was robbed!! That position belongs to Young Jeezy!!)

    LIL WAYNE MADE POP THAT, NO LOVE, HYFR, MOTTO, YUCK, ICE, AND HUNDREDS MORE SINGLES HOT! WEEZY WAS ROBBED AND SO WAS JEEZY I’M GONNA SNIPE THE FUCK OUR THAT MTV TABLE! THIS IS A THREAT! WHO IS ASAP RICKY ANYWAY? DEEZ NIGGAS CAN’T HOLD ME BACK!! MY TALKING IS DONE!

  • Eminemstan

    I just want him to work on his charisma @iv eperformances but he is the best.
    He is CLEARLY the best !

    never seen someone as hyped as him, not since Eminem in 2000.
    CONGRATS kendrick !

  • kdot is gay

    this nigga is overrated

  • CDA2023

    kendrick was the best

    he dropped the best album of the year, he had the bigger hype, he was the hottest mc.

    deserved

  • trexx

    good job mtv.
    kendrick deserved it

  • Kimberly King

    well deserved

  • thisishiphop@rapfrom

    going to buy good kid maad city, downloaded it and this was a master piece

  • wackjuice

    yeah dont tell me he has the most memorable songs ????? not even this nigga is a joke he has a flawless delvery but thats where it stops ..hoefully he can live up 2 the hype cause i didnt see this shit comin , mtv continues the professional asseating

  • ajjj

    the best rapper at #1.

    FInally a GOAT at #1. Thanks MTV

  • Tripa DuiuuuS

    best album of the year , best album of the decade with MBDTF, congrats

  • krazy

    the only rapper who deserved the #1 was kendrick.

  • wasabpitime

    HELL YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYES
    YOU DESERVED IT MY NIGGA

  • gqqgg

    Best rapper in the game

  • sanje

    He is a legend, I’m happy to see him at the top !

  • TDE

    King Kendrick Lamar takes the crown. Well deserved. Congrats.

  • alEluja

    kendrick lamar bringing real hip hop back

  • Stef4n

    Good job.

  • DrakuLa

    He deserved it, more than any other rappers alive in the game.
    MTV decided to do the right choice, thx god.

  • w000w

    Probably the only number that was right on the whole list

  • chainz

    THX MTV, the only good choice.

  • brollya

    a ya dont even respond to the people who sayin negative stuff bout kendrick cuz dats wat they want ya to do. they want ya to act ignorant lik dem… lets jus celebrate for my nigga k dot and hopefully hip hop is back on its way

  • Playboy69

    WEST COAST REIGN IS ALIVE AGAIN!… Congrats to Kendrick Lamar for a CLASSIC GKMC & Big up to WEST COAST HIP-HOP!…. WEST COAST HIP-HOP GOT THE GAME ON LOCK! ….WESTSIDE!!!

  • brav

    bravo well deserved. I’d say

  • Game

    WEST COAST IS BACK YO

    You are the king of the west coast Kendrick – Game

  • Yo

    @wow no subject pattern?! Did you even listen to GKMC or did you just skim through it? Cuz if you can listen to that and say K Dot has no subject then you’re brain ain’t working right bro

  • King

    ….wait a minute….I agree

    KENDRICK KING OF HIP HOP

  • Thad

    K Dot always brings the heat! Not to mention, his hottest versus weren’t even on the album (the heart part 3). The kid shits bars!

  • REAL NIGGA J

    K DOT J COLE DRAKE AND BIG SEAN they all gonna be top 5 next yer for now Kendrick deserved this shit! quit hating on em.

  • Chronic

    @ everyone saying west coast is back…hip-hop in general is back. Between TDE out west and the whole Beast Coast movement the world may finally be safe from southern rap.

  • King

    LOL at 2 chainz 2 , how the fuck did he get into the top 5 LOL

    congratz to kendrick, he was already crowned the king of west coast in 2011 but that’s cool, he needs to be remembered

  • Beaming

    So did u know who kendrick was when section 80 dropped???? That shit was better than his album honestly.

  • Chronic

    But just gotta say, he’s only number 1 cause eminem put out like maybe 2 verses all year

  • Beaming

    Gkmc could never fuk with section 80 actually. That shit hold weight, gkmc was great but got old n played out to quick. Section 80 one of those tapes that is timeless like… Get rich or die trying, reasonable doubt, ready to die, game theory, etc.

  • still best rite now!!

    It’s funny cuz I been rocking with Kendrick since the early mixtapes, couldn’t wait for him to shine on a major. But even with that said, I thought the Concert in Cali were Snoop & all the legends declared him the new king of the west was a little presumptuous. But I was pleasantly surprised by the album sales & now MTVs Hottest MC? wow. congrats.

  • King

    Had to be him. My mans straight up killed ’12. Best rapper in the game no doubt.

  • As Real As It Gets

    as far as YN’s Future being the hottest. Wrong again ya bish! RossRadar stay losing!!!

  • HOVA

    Yea, he did dominate 2012 Hip-Hop with a classic. Well deserved, but it doesn’t matter (French Montana voice), Kanye West and Drake are coming back on top next year with what they are about to drop this year. Be warned. 0_-

  • Safe Dwade

    Odd Future

  • DoNN

    Nigga trash……Oh shyt the stan guy is back^

  • Erick

    Before Kendrick Lamar, Eminem was the only MC on the list to debut at #1. Kendrick Lamar and Eminem are the only MC’s to debut at #1. That’s quite an accomplishment. WEST COAST!

  • brza

    Excellent choice. Never thought there’d be a day that I agreed with MTV?

  • lee

    If ya’ll don’t feel Kendrick, ya’ll don’t LISTEN to hip hop, I’m tired of your party, club, hip pop BULLSHIT. This is where IT’S AT. Authentic, genuine hip hop at it’s finest, from O.D. , Section 80, good kid maad city, Kendrick is consistant and stays TRUE to his craft, what he stands for his amazing, fuck all the polution ya’ll hearing in the game brainwashing ya kids and shit. So happy I was able to meet Kendrick too.

  • R

    HE was definitely number 1 on that list but he still sounds like ASS performing live its just pure Garbage it never sounds a little close to the original track and hes stiff as fuk moving around like he’s about to get popped in the face!

  • OBAKENG

    but 4real thou look at meek and look at kendrick and dey both released on da same week dis goes out to show that kendrick released an incredible body of work modern day illmatic cheers my niga drakes up next!

  • imperial85

    WELL DESERVED. LYRICS AND COMPTON ARE BACK!!!!

  • 2Pac

    01. Kendrick Lamar
    02. Drake
    03. ASAP Rocky
    04. Rick Ross
    05. 2 Chainz
    06. Nas
    07. Kanye West
    08. Big Sean
    09. Meek Mill
    10. Future

    REAL LIST !

  • ayyeee

    Well deserved! I just thought how mtv did nicki dirty lol she had mad radio spins last year n her wack sophomore album sold more units than half the rappers last year.

  • http://aol.com f*ck your opinion

    DESERVED 110% this man has shifted the momentum in the game back to the ways of witty lyricism and amazing storytelling and honestly blew my mind with his mixtapes and album . no words to explain how much i fuck wit this mans music it frees my mind like no other. ALL HAIL KING KENDRICK LAMAR!!! HOTTEST MC IN THE GAME!! CONGRATS !! U GOT A FAN FOR LIFE IN ME!!

  • fresh

    HA . no future on the list xDDD

  • WestCoast

    2012-2013 Kendrick Lamar #1 Hottest MC in the game
    2013-2014 Eminem #1 Hottest MC in the world

  • wtf

    see no evil

  • mac DIESEL

    WELL DESERVED!!!! BUT AT THE END, IT’ S FUCK YO LIST MTV!!!! THESE LISTS DON’T MEAN SHIT!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • http://nigeriansounds.wordpress.com fazillionaire

    Agree with MTV On This one.Last Year was Kendricks Year,and Some of This Year too,At least when he drops a Single guaranteed

  • Hol’Up

    lol its funny people dont realise the criteria for the list.. everyone in there released a studio album, its based on mixtapes, (big Sean made it cuz his wus full of original dope songs), success of albums + singles, quality (maybe lol). so for me people who made the list are pretty deserving, pusha t, lil wayne, J.cole & many of our favorites barely released music last year, , drake prolly made the list based on his tour which gave boost to many of his songs and his album kept doin good numbers, plus he was good on features. what bothers me is the numbering, 2 chainz rick ross ahead of Nas? lol goons at MTV haha, A$AP Rocky shouldve been higher.

  • THE MAJESTIC NIGLET

    well deserved king kendrick… haters hurtin right bout now

  • Trillionaire

    Salute!

  • Pizzle

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  • http://IfIhadmyway,I'dneverwork.I'djuststayhomeallday,watchScarface50times,eataturkeysandwich,andhavesexallfuckingday.ThenI'ddressuplikeaclown,andsurprisekidsatschools.ThenI'dtakeadumpinthebackofamovi Robin Flowers

    well deserved

  • Robin Flowers

    If I had my way, I’d never work. I’d just stay home all day, watch Scarface 50 times, eat a turkey sandwich, and have sex all fucking day. Then I’d dress up like a clown, and surprise kids at schools. Then I’d take a dump in the back of a movie theater, and just wait until somebody sat in it. Hear it squish. That’s funny to me. Then I’d paint, and read, and play violin. I’d climb the mountains, and sing the songs that I like to sing. But I don’t got that kinda time.

  • Cruel Thing

    I still don’t understand how Nas is hotter right now than Future, Drake, A$AP, Meek Mill, Kanye and Big Sean… his hits aren’t even on the radio anymore…

  • Kush

    Nas hot cuz he dropped a top 5 album in 2012 which was better than drakes feminine shit. Plus hes doing a lot of concerts. Also jeezy is a joke compared to Nas Lmfao r u fuccin kidding. Hes trash. And on top of that Nas is one of the greatest lyricists of all time, so placing him in that list over jeezy is an easy choice if you a real nicca. KD is the definition of buzz right now though, and so is 2 chainz except how much of his buzz is fabricated by the media? He’s a featuring artist at best who has no Bars and a retard flow. Doesn’t deserve any shine but I guess people in the industry have something to gain with his over-exposure and saturation

  • wtf

    cant believe nigga got haters this world is rly fckd up

  • Kush

    Also be careful with throwing around that “best of this decade” shit. We’re only 3 years into it. Even last decade (00-10) its really hard to tell who was the best. But I’d put max B in my list lol, 50cent, Jay-Z. Jadakiss, Styles P, Eminem, Nas, Lloyd Banks, Gucci Mane, Jeezy T.I.. Also Kanye and Wayne. I’d push drake to this decade. Nipseys nice, and so is Vado both who i prefer over drake greatly. And KD is up there but I fucks with Ab-Soul more Lol. kendrick been buzzing since last decade though. And his lyricism is undeniable. He’s proven to be more consistent then most west coast starting rappers in recent years. Just my opinion

  • As Real As It Gets

    Shyne starts to hate in 3, 2, 1 ……..

  • Dsunn

    Where’s weezy you mufukz

  • Ryuk

    NaS & K Dot in the top 5? Yeah, im with that. Hip Hop still here.

  • JassåSwe

    Cant wait until Em comes back again, he will kill the game and every rapper in it, as he’s done so many times.

  • wc

    best rapper alive

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  • honey cocain

    this boring piece of shit is #1? drizzy should be # fucking 1. and where the hell is french montana on this list?

    i guess they got to satisfy the internet nerds with this list

  • Eminem

    best rapper since Tupac, congrats kendrick

  • jnasty

    This nigga said none of the greatest story tellers ever made an story concept album….i guess jay-z never made American Gangster…they be dickeating

  • Mo

    Well desereved, congrats to K-Dot…

  • http://Www.kruemusic.com Roman_forten

    I got a list here’s the order it’s in.

    It goes

    2012 hottest

    1. MACKLEMORE. 8 weeks a #1. 9 is “in da club” 11 weeks is the record =”I’m on one” haters gonna hate but you can’t deny it. NBA All star game ? HOT. SNL HOT. THRIFT SHOP ULTRA PLATINUM. HOT. same love :( controversy ??? HOT. white and trendy. ? #mAcklejackson
    Nobody had a year like that.
    2. Kendrick Lamar. The flow. The presence. The numbers to back it up.
    3. Jay z. He is everywhere and kicks it with Obama. He gets the bronze.
    4. Drake. How many records you need him to set to be “hotter”? Really.
    5. Tech Nine. Rules the live show. The album content. The delivery. Recognize greatness Already if you don’t know.
    6.Kanye. Why? Beats. Punch lines. Art.
    7. Wheezy c’mon I dare you to stop talking about him.
    8.drake. Cuz this fools stays at #1. Hit after hit. Feature after feature. Racking up wins. And very one he is signed too is getting PAID.
    9. 2 chains. He was everywhere. And if you can change your name from titty boi. Drop an album and get a Grammy nod you HOT period.
    10. Every body thinks THEIR ideal is the deal last pick. Truth is hip hop is Alive and well when you can disagree with my 9. But to fill spot ten they’re are so many artists who stay relevant. Burn up the charts and anthems replay in rides on the block on mp3 around the world. Truth is. Over a hundred artists are that close to being IT.