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MTV Hottest MC's In The Game Countdown Thread - Jay Z#1 Weezy, Drake Kanye, Rick Ross Make Top 5
 

 
MTV Hottest MC's In The game 2009



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10. 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II' puts veteran MC Raekwon back in the game.10. 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II' puts veteran MC Raekwon back in the game.
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9. 50 Cent has stayed hot with mixtapes, Web presence and publicity.9. 50 Cent has stayed hot with mixtapes, Web presence and publicity.
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8. ' 'Loso's Way' brings Fabolous to a new career peak.8. ' 'Loso's Way' brings Fabolous to a new career peak.
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7. My President' brings Jeezy a major hip-hop moment during Obama's election.7. 'My President' brings Jeezy a major hip-hop moment during Obama's election.
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6. Gucci Mane makes his list debut, thanks to a mix of club bangers and pop cameos.



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5. Despite his very public battle with 50 Cent, Ross stays hot.




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4. 'Ye's 808s & Heartbreak surprised some fans, but its raw emotion is as hip-hop as any mixtape.



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3. So Far Gone brings young MC unprecedented support from hip-hop community.


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2. Huge sales, huge tours, huge label take Weezy to 'A Milli' and beyond!


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1. Hov's new music, business acumen and vast influence lift him above all others in 2009.








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Flame Thrower: Raekwon the Chef

2009 Rank: 10

Previous Rankings: 2007 (unranked); 2008 (unranked)



Why He's Hot: They've got him behind the pot again! Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon the Chef came back to cook up one of the most potent offerings of 2009 with Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, which is the hottest album in the streets right now. And no, the Brain Trust isn't just overcome with nostalgia — the conceptual Cuban Linx II picks up where its timeless predecessor left off a decade and a half ago. Rae articulates his calm anger and heavy-handed, at times unmerciful underworld regulation with a compellingly clear yet callous delivery. Production-wise, he went for the best: RZA, Dr. Dre, the late J Dilla.

The Chef has been able to do what few in his age bracket have accomplished: maintain respect and excitement with their more mature core audience, yet stay current and appeal to newer, younger fans. Chef came off a very low-profile hiatus late last year and reintroduced himself through one of his biggest venues to generate interests, the Internet. He's tweeted close to 3,000 times on his @raekwonicewater page and he's been a mainstay on YouTube and hip-hop blogs this year. Rae's moment of Net infamy came late in the summer, when he and his crew had a physical altercation with Joe Budden while Budden was live-streaming from his dressing room.

Rae has not released the videotaped footage of the incident he has in his possession, but instead has let his music grab the headlines. And with all the critical acclaim he's gotten, the Chef's notoriety won't be stopping any time soon: Cuban Linx more than 60,000 albums in its first week of release, another testament to his popularity.

Co-Signer: Rick Ross "The Chef is tireless," Ross said. "He cooked up arguably one of the top 10 albums of all time, not to mention, he was the anchorman to make one of the biggest movements to ever hit the game of hip-hop: the Wu-Tang Clan. I heard [Cuban Linx II], I went through it. He's still got lyrics. That lets you know it's all natural. I happen to be on one of Rae's last albums — just to hear him keep going and see how the streets have embraced him lets you know he's one of the last of the pure lyricists left. When you see him in the streets, you feel New York, he's got that sh-- on his breath. Being a down South dude, when I see a n---a like Rae, them pure artists, them pure legends, they command that other level of respect."

Ignitable Incitement: "It just feels good to know that Wu-Tang is back in the race again," Rae told MTV News a few weeks back. "If it took me to be that dude to be like, 'Yo, Rae, go do that real quick,' that's what it was. I'mma always rep my team, solo or with the [Wu-Tang] army, whatever. I represent that W. It feels good to know that people know that cats still got it. I told y'all that awhile ago: Yo, it's nothing to real G's [for me to come back]. To real G's, it's nothing!

"I wasn't trying to top [the original] Cuban Linx," he added. "I was in a different frame of mind [on the first album]. I was in the street, I was peddling, I was running around with guns in my pocket, running from police. That was me living the life, hands-on. This one is me being an author, going back down memory lane. I don't do the things I used to do no more, but one thing I can say is anything I learned then, I still apply to this day. Your history is very important. You wanna know where you came from so you can know where you gotta go."

Blistering Ballistics: "Broad-day jungle, living with the rodents/ The goons'll run through, blow a bag and hunt you/ Always flaky, callused hands/ My mans, come through the avenue, Swiss cheese patrons/ Blood that flood the hall, every head'll drop/ Jump in the Maybach, switch the station/ These rap n---as is wash, hang 'em on the pole, no head ... Famous for my kitchen knives, rings and the fifths are stainless/ Gun down your trooper, grenade your coupe up/ Plain and simple n---as is poo-butt/ F--- with my crew: what?" (from "Canal Street")

Hot Streak

Albums: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II

Selected Mixtapes:
Blood on the Chef's Apron

Singles:
"Catalina" (featuring Lyfe Jennings), "House of Flying Daggers" (featuring Ghostface, Method Man and Inspectah Deck), "Nu Wu" (featuring Method Man and Ghostface)

Street Bangers: "10 Bricks"

Key Guest Appearances: Jadakiss' "Cartel Gathering" (also featuring Ghostface)

Meteoric Metrics (as of September 25, 2009):
MySpace Friends: 129,104
Twitter Followers: 59,667
Facebook Friends: 3,652
14: Number of years between Only Built 4 Cuban Linx part I and part II — and II still sold more than 60,000 units in its first week of release.

Tour: Rock the Bells six-week summer tour with Nas, Damian Marley, Common, Big Boi, Slaughterhouse, the Roots and more; currently on tour in Europe

Monumental Moment: Release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II

Forecast: Rae is in a great space right now. With the momentum he's created with Cuban Linx II, he's helping to revive the entire Wu-Tang Clan movement. Method Man has an album out with Redman, Ghostface k!llah's record is out, and the three have decided to make a trio LP sometime in the near future. The Cuban Linx II run won't end any time soon, with the video for "Catalina" just coming out and singles like "Kiss the Ring" to follow.


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 8 years ago '06        #2
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i wonder how they pick who makes the list cause Raekwon was at like 0%-1% the whole time
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Co-Signer: Rick Ross "The Chef is tireless," Ross said. "He cooked up arguably one of the top 10 albums of all time, not to mention, he was the anchorman to make one of the biggest movements to ever hit the game of hip-hop: the Wu-Tang Clan. I heard [Cuban Linx II], I went through it. He's still got lyrics. That lets you know it's all natural. I happen to be on one of Rae's last albums — just to hear him keep going and see how the streets have embraced him lets you know he's one of the last of the pure lyricists left. When you see him in the streets, you feel New York, he's got that sh-- on his breath. Being a down South dude, when I see a n---a like Rae, them pure artists, them pure legends, they command that other level of respect."

How tha F@^& is Officer Rickky cosignin On a real NY legend. He was an officer of the law. I lose mad respect for any rapper who does a feature with this ex officer, but back to the topic Rea isn't in my top 10. MTV rating rappers is like BET rating country music stars.
 8 years ago '08        #4
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Respecting that classic material, real hip hop heads know Chef cooked up something very special with that joint.
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Forecast: Rae is in a great space right now. With the momentum he's created with Cuban Linx II, he's helping to revive the entire Wu-Tang Clan movement. Method Man has an album out with Redman, Ghostface k!llah's record is out, and the three have decided to make a trio LP sometime in the near future. The Cuban Linx II run won't end any time soon, with the video for "Catalina" just coming out and singles like "Kiss the Ring" to follow.

So Chef is going for that Catalina joint as the next single, that's a good look. Dre did his thing on that beat, hopefully it will be a big video, since I got a feeling they will mesh it with Kiss the The ring since Catalina is a 5 minute song.
 09-28-2009, 11:36 AM         #6
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funny if Joe was number 9
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 LOpacino said:
Co-Signer: Rick Ross "The Chef is tireless," Ross said. "He cooked up arguably one of the top 10 albums of all time, not to mention, he was the anchorman to make one of the biggest movements to ever hit the game of hip-hop: the Wu-Tang Clan. I heard [Cuban Linx II], I went through it. He's still got lyrics. That lets you know it's all natural. I happen to be on one of Rae's last albums — just to hear him keep going and see how the streets have embraced him lets you know he's one of the last of the pure lyricists left. When you see him in the streets, you feel New York, he's got that sh-- on his breath. Being a down South dude, when I see a n---a like Rae, them pure artists, them pure legends, they command that other level of respect."

How tha F@^& is Officer Rickky cosignin On a real NY legend. He was an officer of the law. I lose mad respect for any rapper who does a feature with this ex officer, but back to the topic Rea isn't in my top 10. MTV rating rappers is like BET rating country music stars.
damn relax, you acting like ross locked your dad up or something
 09-28-2009, 12:47 PM         #8
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lol mtv doesnt know anything but glad to see rae is getting some props...i bet soulja boy is #6
 8 years ago '05        #9
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album is pretty exceptional...

after i FINALLY listened to it i was fairly happy....
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 Narcz said:
funny if Joe was number 9
ha, thatd be good

mtv are bound to f**k him over
 8 years ago '09        #11
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I hope Joe Budden is on the list, he deserves to be on it.
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 Narcz said:
funny if Joe was number 9
ha, thatd be good

mtv are bound to f**k him over
 09-28-2009, 01:35 PM         #13
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should be higher on the list
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Flame Thrower: 50 Cent

2009 Rank: 9

Previous Rankings: 2007 (#8); 2008 (#6)

Why He's Hot: Over the past year, 50 Cent chose not to roam on one of his main predatory terrains, the Billboard charts, by continuing to hold back the release of his long-awaited Before I Self-Destruct LP. Instead, the G-Unit General began to fully realize the potential of another region in which he'd already planted his flag: the Internet.

50 Cent used his Web site, ThisIs50.com, as a source of promotion for himself and G-Unit members Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and DJ Whoo Kid. More than any other artist in hip-hop, Fif saw the Internet's potential, and in 2009, he just about perfected his vision. No other hip-hop artist has been able to capitalize off their name and accompanying Web site the way Curtis Jackson has. He pushes G-Unit mixtapes, world-premieres the crew's song downloads, promotes shows like the upcoming ThisIs50 Festival and releases viral videos such as his controversial "Flight 187," in which he showed unflattering stock footage of Jay-Z, Britney Spears and others.



ThisIs50.com, though, has come to be so much more than a vanity Web site. You can't talk about the top hip-hop blogs without mentioning ThisIs50. Fif's Web home has become one of the must-stop destinations to get your hip-hop news. The site doesn't just pick up info and video from other outlets; ThisIs50 also offers exclusive interviews and music. Artists outside of the G-Unit, such as Maino, Papoose, DJ Kay Slay, Cormega and Noreaga are also using ThisIs50 as a venue to put out music and videos.

As much as the site can be used as a valuable tool, 50 also showed the world it could act as a weapon. Fif used his Web site as a nuclear warhead in his battle with Rick Ross: ThisIs50.com's traffic reportedly doubled once the beef between 50 and Ross started to bake. In his anti-Ross campaign, Fif interviewed Tia Kemp,the mother of one of the Miami heavyweight's kids, and later released a tell-all book about her life with Ross. Adding petroleum to the fire, he released a s3x tape featuring another mother of one of Ross' kids via ThisIs50 offshoot site BooBooTV.com. And we can't forget about the popular series "Pimpin' Curly," which the G-Unit General at first used to take the sting out of Ross, calling him "Curly" ("He's not straight," the Bawse rationalized of the nickname), but it became so popular that he issued several more comedic vignettes to further delve into the character.

50's dominance on the Net isn't contained to his own Web site: He's a staple on other blogs and mainstream media outlets. Almost every move he makes is a huge headline, whether it's clarifying his perceived dis toward Jay-Z on the song "Flight 187," rumors of him marrying Ciara or even the simplest activities of him coming onstage with Soulja Boy Tell'em during Young Money Presents: The America's Most Wanted Music Festival. While other artists have tried to throw block parties and park jams as a way to give back to their neighborhood, when 50 tried to do just that at the end of this past summer, not only did he make headlines across the country, he had New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg talking about him in press conferences. And you want to talk about the best interviews in the game right now? No one can deny that 50 has one of the most talked-about sound bites, saying he would "blacken Kanye West's eye" if Yeezy ever tried to Taylor Swift him.

Musically, yes, 50 has had a couple of missteps. There was an obvious disconnect between 50, Interscope and the fans with his records "Get Up" (released late last year) and "I Get It In," but on the street level, where 50 is in total control of when and how the music comes out, it was all harmony. 50 and his camp thrived underground. Even though they've collectively sold tens of millions of albums worldwide, the Unit still stayed on top of the mixtape game. Banks and Yayo have repped the G-Unit brand with incessant unofficial releases (Banks' 4-30-09 double CD and Yayo's Swine Flu series chief among them), while 50 saluted the streets with mixtapes of his own: Forever King and the War Angel LP heated up the summer with a taste of throwback homages and up-to-date urban guerrilla warfare, respectively. His sole mission on the latter was to bring hardcore hip-hop to the forefront. The Southside Queens chief seems to be in the right lane: The Dr. Dre-produced "OK, You're Right" leapt off of the mixtape to the top of the countdown on his hometown radio station, Hot 97, and the eerily entertaining video got some strong rotation. Same for records from Forever King, such as "Funny How Time Flies," on which 50 rapped over '90s R&B group Intro's classic of the same name.

In the past couple of weeks, Fif has continued to show diversity with another club-knocker, "Baby by Me" (featuring Ne-Yo) and a new book, "The 50th Law." And although he made a nice #4 rank on Forbes' list of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings," his love for his Southside Queens home hasn't diminished: He (and Bette Midler) co-sponsored the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden in the neighborhood, and in August, 50 spent close to half a million dollars to send 30 busloads of kids from his old neighborhood to Six Flags Great Adventures in New Jersey, and he performed for them there. Just over the weekend, 50 finally got the proper permits from New York City to sponsor a day of food, games and music for the neighborhood. The cost, according to Fif, was another half a mil.

Co-Signer: DJ Drama: "50 keeps himself in the dialogue, period," Drama said. "The mixtape game right now wouldn't be what it is if it wasn't for 50 Cent. He revolutionized it. He had one of the biggest buzzes ever in hip-hop; he keeps feeding people, he keeps putting out music. The War Angel [mixtape], from beginning to end, is classic 50 Cent. If you're a 50 Cent fan from 2003, it's hard to hate on the new mixtape. 50 Cent is in a space where he's so big and he's been so relevant and the underdog and a bad guy for so long, people try to turn a shoulder on him. But he's still that guy, he's still making great music, and when you talk about Hottest MCs in the Game, you can't have that conversation without talking about 50 Cent."

Ignitable Incitement: "I made a mistake," Fif told MTV News recently. "Early on [in my career], I said, 'They'll get the trophy, I'll get the checks.' That's because I wasn't receiving the acknowledgement based on the aggressive content I was putting out. I've been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards and still ain't got no trophies. Largest debut in hip-hop to date — they just ignored it when it was time to give the trophies out. So I just started saying, 'They can have the trophies, and I'll have the checks.' That didn't mean that I didn't have love for the actual art form. But to give a basic answer that people would understand, I would be secure with my life, I'll continue to make music, but I won't be in front of them and get recognized. I'll get a lifetime-achievement award after based on my full body of work. At that point, it'll be too much for them to ignore. The guy that's trying to get a record deal right now, he should be writing with very strong passion. Right now, he's in competition with 50 Cent, and I'm writing like I need a record deal. It's tough for him."

Blistering Ballistics: "They say I ain't lyrical, they say I ain't a miracle/ I say some hard sh--, so they say I ain't spiritual/ They act like they know God better than me/ I know 'God Allah,' he used to pump crack up the streets/ Allahu akbar, clap and run through your backyard/ Let the Mac tear half of your back off/ This is my block, my spot I adhere/ I'm a Southside n---a to the bone, get that clear." (from "Michael Jackson Freestyle")

Hot Streak
Albums: N/A

Selected Mixtapes: Forever King, The War Angel LP

Singles: "OK, You're Right," "Get Up," "Baby by Me" (featuring Ne-Yo)

Street Bangers: "I Get It In," "Flight 187," "Funny How Time Flies"

Key Guest Appearances: "Crack a Bottle" (with Eminem and Dr. Dre)

Meteoric Metrics: #4 on Forbes' list of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings"

MySpace Friends: 1.19 million

YouTube Views: 5.43 million

ThisIs50.com Stats: 512,000 unique visitors, 9 million page views, 450,000 members

Business Ventures: G-Unit Records (featuring Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Mobb Deep); ThisIs50.com; Power men's fragrance; "The 50th Law" book (which recently made the top five of the New York Times' "Advice, how-to and miscellaneous" bestsellers list); Formula 50 Vitamin Water; co-starred in "Streets of Blood" film

Tours: Although he only played spot dates in the U.S., 50 and the G-Unit have done more than 50 overseas dates this year alone, including stops in Africa, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey, Peru and Poland

Monumental Moment: His battle with Rick Ross

Forecast: 50 should only get hotter when he finally releases Before I Self Destruct later this year — but not before he drops another mixtape!

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:angry3: :wtf: #9????? what????? out of here with that BULLs**t son. So its f**kin cool for lil wayne to drop a thousand mixtapes with no album but if 50 does it, we need an album?????


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50cent should've been higher. At least top five. But it's MTV so It doesn't matter.
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that n*gga 50 gonna have a steriod after seeing where he ended up. unreal son, #9 son lmfaooooo. number f**kin 9. I promise you, this n*gga gonna do a joe budden call out some people in front of him....if eminem isnt number 1, or banks isnt top 5, s**t is fixed.


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 8 years ago '06        #17
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at least he made the list stop crying
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 coolio said:
at least he made the list stop crying
u know i havent been reading what youve been typing for like the past month or 2 tahiry, so lmao
 09-29-2009, 10:04 AM         #19
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damn, you mad.
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What number is Joe Budden?
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