News: MTV Writer Speaks On "Hot" List, "We're Not Trying To Diss Anybody" [Video]

Thursday, Oct 22, 2009 10:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

MTV writer Shaheem Reid recently spoke on the backlash he has received from the 2009 "Hottest In The Game" list and said the Top 10 emcees compilation was not meant to diss any artists who did not make the cut.

According to Reid, fans should keep in mind that the list is opinion-based.

"The list is worldwide and that's just what we wanted to do, man," Reid said in an interview. "Every year we do the list, it's our personal opinions collectively at the table, and a lot of people chime in, fans across the board from all over the world... It's great that we have a platform where we can talk about hip-hop from people like Drake that doesn't even have an album out, people like Jay-Z -- people like Raekwon the Chef who is a legend coming back. It's about hip-hop -- we love all the feedback, negative, positive, we just like to have the conversation...When you do a list like that, it's no right, it's no wrong. It's just opinion-based...We not trying to diss anybody, I love the dialog." (Hip Hop Beef)

Lil Wayne, who made the cut, recently questioned why Eminem did not secure a spot on the list.

"Uhm, who's number one?," Wayne asked radio personality Tim Westwood in an interview. "Jay-Z? Nah, that's cool [me being at number two.] That's cool. That's okay, I thought Drake was gonna be number one. Eminem [is not on the list]? Who else is on the list? Gucci who? Gucci Mane? Gucci Mane was on the list and Eminem wasn't on it? [laughs] Shout-out my n*gga Gucci. [laughs]" (Tim Westwood TV)

Writing via a blog posting earlier this month, Jermaine Dupri shared his issues with this year's grouping.

"WHATS UP LIFERS HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!," he wrote today (October 9). "TODAYS QUESTION IS ABOUT THE MTV HOT MCs LIST. MY QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT EMINEM NOT MAKING IT? I PERSONALLY THINK THE LIST JUST LOST ITS CREDIBILITY BY NOT INCLUDING HIM. NOT ONLY DID HE MAKE A ALBUM THIS YEAR BUT THAT ALBUM OUT SOLD 75 PERCENT OF EVERYBODY ON THE LIST .SERGE WAS TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO ME THE LIST AND WHY THIS HAPPENED BUT TO ME THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE KEEP SAYING HIPHOP IS DEAD. WE HAVE NO RULES AND THE FIRST RULE SHOULD BE, UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE RECORD BUSINESS (KEY WORD BUSINESS) THE END RESULT IS TO SELL RECORDS NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. IN THESE BAD TIMES OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY HE SHOULD'VE MADE IT FOR THAT FACT ALONE THAT HE STILL HAD THE POWER TO MOVE 600K RECORD HIS FIRST WEEK. ANYWAY YALL ALWAYS ASKING HOW I FEEL SO THERE YOU HAVE IT LOL!!!!! TALK TO ME!!!" (Global 14)

SOHH recently spoke with Rick Ross about his feelings on the list.

"I don't speak on nobody that ain't on the list," Ross jokingly said. "It's called 'Get Like Me' at this point, you feel me? At the end of the day, those are people's opinions and I respect MTV's opinions. I respect those brothers over there, you know what I'm saying because I've seen 'em in the streets. If it was some motherf*ckers I never seen at these venues watching the performances, watching what's going on, I may not be able to respect it but I see [panelists] Shaheem Reid, I see Buttahman, they visible to me. When I see 'em, it's [respect] and as far as the list goes, I'm honored to be mentioned. And it is what it is and to me, I feel like the only spot that counts on the list is number one. Second means you were the first to lose. So as far as Jay-Z being number one, I totally concur, that's one of my white words. I totally agree with that because Jay-Z done influenced so many of the artists on that list. Signing Rick Ross to Def Jam, signing Kanye West to Def Jam, influencing Lil Wayne, co-signing Drake and the list goes on, so most definitely you gotta tip your hat off to Jay-Z." (SOHH)

Check out Shaheem Reid speaking on the "Hottest In The Game" list below:

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