MTV just aired their “Hottest MC’s In The Game” special on MTVJams and the Hip Hop brain trust over at MTV named Kendrick Lamar the “Hottest MC in The Game” for the work he put in over the past year.

Following right behind K.Dot in the #2 spot was 2 Chainz.

2 – 2 Chainz

Suddenly, we find him not only as the honorary G.O.O.D. Music member, but then he put out B.O.A.T.S., and on that album are songs that carried 2012, from ‘Birthday Song’ to ‘I’m Different,’ to ‘No Lie.’  Name an awards show in the past 12 months and 2 Chainz was there. He performed solo at the BET Hip-Hop Awards and joined Lil Wayne at the VMAs before rocking Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival. “He may not be a lyricist like Kendrick [Lamar], but he knew what worked for him, and he took what worked for him and was able to apply that to the masses,” MTV News Segment Producer Steven Roberts said of Deuce’s success.”

1 – Kendrick Lamar

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.


Check out the complete list of “Hottest MC’s In The Game” over the past year, below:

MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game:

1. Kendrick Lamar
2. 2 Chainz
3. Rick Ross
4. Nas
5. Drake
6. Big Sean
7. Kanye West
8. A$AP Rocky
9. Future
10. Meek Mill

Check out MTV’s full “Hottest MC’s In The Game” write-up [here].