It’s that time of the year once again for MTV’s Hottest MCs In The Game countdown as they reveal #10 and #9 on their list for 2013.
Before MTV kicks off their list for 2013, Jadakiss explains the criteria be named a Hottest MC.
On to the countdown for the “Hottest MC In The Game” for 2013.
#10: Meek Mill:
While he prepped his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, the MMG rapper kept busy early in the year with features on Rick Ross’ Rich Forever mixtape, in addition to appearances on remixes of tracks like Wale’s “Slight Work” and Tyga’s “Rack City.” By the spring, he delivered a brand-new body of work on his Dreamchasers 2 mixtape, which included the smash “Amen” (featuring Drake) and other notables like “Racked Up Shawty” with Fabolous. Even Jay-Z took notice, signing Meek to a Roc Nation management deal while his tape was still in heavy rotation. Just over a month later, MMG dropped their Self Made Vol. 2 album, which found the Philadelphia rapper spitting hard on tracks like the eight-minute posse cut “Power Circle.” His audience was primed and ready for Meek’s debut, which finally dropped in October, debuting at #2 with 165,000 copies sold.
What began as a strictly underground run began to take off in 2011 with Future’s “Tony Montana” single and its Drake-assisted remix. During 2012, however, Future sky-rocketed to new heights with high-powered pop hooks, while still keeping his hold on the streets. His mix of melodic arrangements and raspy rap bars were a sure-shot formula for some of the year’s biggest hits. Whether it was the gold-selling, chart-topping syrupy ballad “Turn on the Lights,” the T.I.-backed “Magic” or the infectious “Same Damn Time,” Future seemed to have club staples on lock. But it was his guest spots on songs like Rihanna’s “Loveeeeeee Song” and Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” that helped create a sense that the Atlanta rapper/songwriter was omnipresent. “Love Me” is a top 10 Billboard hit, and if the Rihanna record ever gets released as a single, it has the potential to do the same.