G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean recently spoke on MTV’s “Hottest MC’s in the Game” list and said he can completely understand why some hip-hop artists felt a certain way about not coming out on top.
Although he applauded West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar for crushing the annual list at number one, Sean said he still feels elite and plans to prove he’s chart-topping material.
“[Pusha T] be spitting too,” Sean said in an interview. “Pusha, you know, where was he at? He set off ‘Don’t Like,’ he was on ‘Mercy.’ He’s a real competitive dude just like we all are, man, so I feel I should of, everybody, if you don’t feel you should have been number one, then I don’t know what the f*ck you’re doing this for. I feel I’m the best emcee, I’ma prove myself. I’ve got a lot to prove. And that’s what makes it fun. I always say, like, who are at the top of game, 2 Chainz, he’s been doing it for a long a** time. Lil Wayne, it took Wayne [some time]. The Carter wasn’t his first album. 500 Degreez was his first album and it took all these different levels of successes and different plateaus.” (Semtex TV)
Sean’s rap mentor Kanye West lashed out at ranking number seven on the list last week.
However, when it came to his spot on the list, Kanye said, “I feel like in order for them to put me at #7, they had to bring up things they didn’t like — like the Cruel Summer album.” He then suggested that his critics prefer the backpack-and-polo-era Kanye over his current career choices. “They don’t like Givenchy Kanye, they don’t like Kanye in a kilt, they don’t like Kanye in a relationship.” Kanye also boasted about the bar in “Cold” in which he raps about Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kris Humphries. “I said, ‘Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team’ — ain’t no bar of the entire past 12 months hotter than that one bar.” (Consequence of Sound)
A few days ago, Brooklyn rapper Fabolous reacted to Kanye West’s rant about his placement on the list.
Loso said he thinks the “Hottest MCs” discussion is a great thing and likened the yearly debate to “barbershop talk.” He also finds the subsequent reactions entertaining, especially Kanye West’s protest of his #7 spot and his revelation that he once gifted “Hottest MCs” moderator Sway Calloway with a television set. “Kanye’s was hilarious; when he brought up the TV, that was hilarious,” Fab said with a chuckle. Fab didn’t offer much in the way of debate, but spoke in support of this year’s “Hottest MC” Kendrick Lamar. “I think Kendrick had a great year, I think he’s a talent, I think he’s a dope artist, I think he brings a unique sound. His album was a sonic body of work.” (MTV)
This week, MTV released an honorable mentions list of three emcees who did not make it into this year’s “Hottest” rundown.
With the 2013 edition of MTV’s “Hottest MC’s” in the game finally concluded, MTV felt it was time to give notoriety to three artist that didn’t make the cut. First up was Jay-Z who’s a former number 1 hottest emcee opened the Barclays Center in a 8-night concert series, but didn’t release any new solo music during 2012 with only features. Nicki Minaj also a former top emcee, became a superstar in 2012 with becoming the next host on American Idol, but according to their criteria, she was quiet during the year. Capping off the clip was Lil’ Wayne, who like Jiggaman is also a former top emcee didn’t release any a project in 2012, with Sway saying after his “I Am Not A Human Being II” release; he’ll be right back at the forefront of their list. (Free OnSmash)
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