News: Pharrell Crowns Rick Ross 'Hottest MC in the Game'
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 12:52PM
MTV's Hottest MC in the Game, always seems to create a whirlwind of debate, and this year's installment, set to air later this month, promises to be quite interesting as some of rap's biggest names are once again thrown into the mix.
In a recent interview, rappper/producer Pharrell explained why Southern rap heavyweight Rick Ross deserved the title of rap's hottest MC.
When it comes to MCs, Pharrell has worked with some of the greats. Skateboard P has produced and rhymed with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Snoop Dogg, and for this year's hottest MC in the game, P has a nomination: "Rick Ross is on his way, he's working his way. He's been doing it for a minute, and he's been really consistent," the Neptunes producer told MTV News on Friday in Miami. The debate rages on, and Sunday, February 19, the "Hottest MCs in the Game VII" will premiere on MTV2. During the half-hour special, MTV's Hottest MCs Hip-Hop Brain Trust will gather at the roundtable and decide the top five rappers in the game. Beginning February 13, MTV will reveal MCs 10 through six online, but only one spitter can snag the #1 spot.(MTV)
Pharrell went on to reveal that he and Ross have "something special" in the works.
Skateboard might be just a bit biased as he reveals to MTV News that he and the Bawse have some very exciting things in the works -- then again, Pharrell has worked with a number of MCs who could contend for the crown. "He and I have something special too. We have a special record too, but we're still working," the multiplatinum producer said. "I'm happy to be a part of it." (MTV)
In August, Ross shared his excitement in expanding his empire, as he added Atlanta's DJ Scream to the MMG roster.
"This is one of the moves I'm most proud of," Ross said in an interview. "This is something I've never done, but something I'm excited about. Me watching Scream build his brand for the last few years, be a part of some of the dopest projects to come out of the South -- I wanted to see the homie make a major debut. Put out an album on a worldwide scale and that's something we [gonna] do. I'ma support the homie on all of his endeavors."(Hot 107.9)
Last September, Pharrell praised Rozay's sound for helping him excel.
Pharrell names Rick Ross as one of hip-hop's current MVPs. "The way Ross is killing it right now. It's been a minute since the last time we had somebody like him to come out and do what he's doing or like a Wayne," Pharrell tells VIBE. "It's just completely authentic. [Ross] knows what he wants to do --knows his sound, has a style, has a definitive position, has a perspective on the game and what he adds to it and how he's gonna change it," he continues. "So music is in a really, really good place now and I'm watching it. I'm in the studio and everything is changing." (VIBE)
Check out an interview with Pharrell below: