2008-05-17 Kanye West MTVLast year, MTV introduced its first Hottest MCs In The Game list, which was decided by a roundtable of MTV reporters and editors, who eventually crowned Lil Wayne as hottest MC.

This year, however, the list changed somewhat, and Kanye West has claimed the no. 1 spot, beating out the likes of 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and T.I.

According to MTV, the reason West leads the list is because he’s the “best live performer in hip-hop,” and that his current Glow In The Dark Tour alone cements his position.

At no. 2 comes Jay-Z, and obviously his reported $150 million landmark deal with Live Nation is one of the main driving forces … in addition to his longstanding record of consistency.

Lil Wayne dropped in MTV’s list from the throne to no. 3 this year. He’s been on fire for the past year, showing up on every feature and remix you can imagine. However, why didn’t MTV name him no. 1 again?Their reasoning is because of the constant delays of his highly-anticipated Tha Carter III, which would come with benefits such as an arena tour.

Rick Ross somehow made his way from not being on last year to making the no. 4 spot on the Hottest MCs list. His second-straight no. 1 debut on the charts over Fat Joe and Snoop Dogg, with Trilla, helped a lot, but it was fueled by his singles, “Speedin'” featuring R. Kelly, and “The Boss” featuring T-Pain.

Rounding out the top 5 is Snoop Dogg, who — let’s face it — has a worldwide appeal. Even grandmothers know who Snoop Dogg is. His hit single, “Sensual Seduction,” introduced a new sound for Snoop, and he garnered some country fans with his country track, “My Medicine.” Who else could do a country track and be accepted for it? It’s obvious why Snoop makes the list.

The rest of the top 10 include 50 Cent at no. 6, Lupe Fiasco at no. 7, Young Jeezy at no. 8, Andre 3000 at no. 9 and T.I. rounding out the list.

For full explanations and rundowns of why each rapper is hot, and what they’re working on visit MTV.com.