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Rick Ross Tops MTV’s 2012 ‘Hottest MC In The Game’ List

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 02/20/12

Rick RossAfter a week of revealing the rankings, MTV has finally unveiled the #1 artist on their seventh annual "Hottest MCs in the Game" list. Following the additions of artists such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z being to the list, the network announces Rick Ross as the hottest artist ... right now.

"Ross meets all the criteria to be considered the 'Hottest MC in the Game.' His impact is irrefutable: Even without a solo album, he maintained a healthy and consistent buzz throughout the year, notching a #1 rap album with his Self Made compilation," MTV's Hip-Hop Brain Trust explained on MTV.com.

"Lyrically, Rozay has grown from his 'Hustlin' days and become one of the game's most celebrated spitters, and his swag is through the roof."

The Miami hip-hop star's constant appearances on radio singles has pushed his buzz into a Rozay frenzy, helping build an empire in his Maybach Music Group imprint, which saw the emergence of its artists, Wale and Meek Mill.

He did this, despite the release of his God Forgives, I Don't LP being pushed back, due to his widely reported health episode in October. However, Ross surfaced weeks later with the hit mixtape Rich Forever, which is still in rotation today.

Coming in right behind Rozay was Drake, followed by Kanye West at #3, Nicki Minaj at #4 (sole female rapper on the list for the second consecutive year), and Lil Wayne landing at #5.

Did MTV correctly rank the hottest MCs out right now? Did they leave anyone off? Let us know what you think?

Below is the full list:

1. Rick Ross
2. Drake
3. Kanye West
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Lil Wayne
6. Jay-Z
7. Meek Mill
8. Big Sean
9. Wiz Khalifa
10. Wale

  • NYChris

    ross went from the possibly one of the worst lyricists ever to one of the hottest mc's in the game. i gotta give him props.i used to hate this dude but he def has some great work ethic and has improved exponentially since he debuted

  • 313

    This nigga rap about the same shit on every song. How is that growth?

  • Omario

    this is bo' shit !! where lupe , j cole and frenchy at ?!!!!!!!!

  • J Jones

    they forgot about young jeezy

  • Anonymous

    where jeezy at???

  • Berryjordan2

    This list is some bullshit where 2 chains and tyga at why is drake number 2 and why the fuck is jay z on the list

  • what is this ish

    where is jeezy and j cole, roice? wtf, ross nr 1? what has happend to hip hop? very sad

  • wow

    that list is a middle finger to rap music. Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross ahead of Jay Z;  Meek Millz. wtf is happing????

  • Stevensonronnell

    Hands down Rick Ross did make the most noise last year dnt hate let that man shine

  • Clwalker215

    Jeezy is hotter than half the people on this list. There's no way he should'nt've made this list.

  • John R.

    Where TF is Jeezy , Fab & Tyga ? Smfh

  • mike

    This list is not accurate in my opinion

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elijah-Hesterbey/100001145411063 Elijah Hesterbey

    WTF WHERE IS J COLE THATS THE QUESTION 

  • Mrawbolden

    I know right

  • WACK

    Tech N9ne made more noise this past year than any of them. This list is a joke

  • Koreyjohnson07

    Rozay is tha hottest mc in tha game no album and still managed to have a ton of buzz and i like jeezy but he didn't do shit this year and lyrically he ain't fuckin with Ross

  • Btpworld

    ross did yall not notice lil wayne about million in a week again and you say ross the best

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shango-Gutta/1437434516 Shango Gutta

    THIS LIST IS WACK.  COUPLE OF DECENT ARTIST SEASONED IN THERE BUT OVERALL THIS IS A TRASH LIST.  I DIG ROZAY, DRIZZY AND A FEW OTHERS BUT HONESTLY WHO CARES IF YOU ARE THE HOTTEST OUT WHEN BULLCRAP IS OUT.  THATS LIKE A COLLEGE BALL PLAYER WINNING A DUNK CONTEST AT THE KIDDY GYM

  • Mrtowngang

    This list was wacc nipsey hussle should have been on the list

  • Daaphilliates84

    Take off Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean and replace them with Jeezy, Fab, and Yo Gotti.

  • Michellej223

    Some of these MC's should not have made this list...SORRY!

  • Mrtowngang

    This list was lame nipsey hussle should have been on this list

  • Duvall_Wiley

    Whoever said french montana should be up there should get shot. French is not top10 right now I give him a couple of years then I would consider him in the top 10. U mind as well put diggy up there if you want montana on the list I'm just saying

  • P_rai93@hotmail.com

    Where J Cole at? Seriously Ive had it with MTV n the fuckin Grammys n shit, they robbin J. Cole. He did what everyone thought he cudnt do, his album went 1 despite the fact that it had no club bangers or #1 singles, that shows how hungry the fans were for some real hip hop. COLE WORLD, NO MTV

  • Walt11

     He did some album called Watch the Throne, idk, have you heard of it??

  • Walt11

    Switch Wayne with J Cole and but Ye on top of the list... Plus: Nicki don't belong there (she's all Lady GaGa now), Meek don't belong there (flow is sooo week), and Ross don't belong at #1 (Rich Forever was all about the Illuminati, like.... come one man.)

  • Dkuninted2

    damn i guess dnt nobody feel like wayne was cheated once again smh wayne can get on anybody song and kill da shit smh and he number 5

  • Mcdeestar

    No sign of J Cole??? WTH????? List is all wrong!!!! Lol

  • Walt11

    P.S. Where in hell is BoB?!?!

  • STRANGE

    wheres tech n9ne?

  • Mosley Karissa

    Fuk dat where jeezy

  • Anonymous

    People That's why it's called Hottest M.C in 2011 going into 2012. it's obvious there were only 6 major label that where at the top of their game and doing their thing in 2011: Maybach music,  Good Music, Roc nation, YMCMB, Odd Future and Taylor Gang. if you don't see u favorite dickriding rapper on there like Jeezy, Fab, 2 Chain, French, J-cole, T.I and maybe BOB it's cuz their buzz started around fall 2011 which is already the next year when it comes to yearly music statistics.

  • Gad Elmaleah

    Bitch.. shut the fuck up and keep ur critics 2 urself
    can u be name as the Hottest Mc in the game i don't think so
     

  • Ro$$

    Rozay UHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  dats what i'm talkin about

  • edouard

    I think u guys should take Big Sean out and put J.Cole

  • guest

    yo real talk J.Cole is one of tha hottest in tha game ri now. ross talks bout same shit n makes same noises every dam song. how many albums did big sean, meek mill, wiz, n wale sell on their first projects?... oh yeah