Some of my initial thoughts after reading through (well, skimming, really) MTV's annual list of who they believe to be the hottest emcees in the game (I won't publish the list on the site out of respect to the authors, but you can read the list yourself by clicking here):
- Meek Mill? Seriously? And ranked just below Jay-Z?
- Jay-Z is probably the same age as all of the rest of the artists on the list combined. And yet I'll still always buy his shit. That's what being a stan is all about.
- Three out of ten slots are reserved for members of the Maybach Music Group. That seems to be about twelve too many.
- Three out of ten slots are also reserved for members of Young Money. Conveniently enough, the options provided only run the gamut of Young Money artists who can actually be chosen out of a lineup. (Gudda Gudda whaaa?)
- Wiz Khalifa seems to be the odd man out. Wait, that sentence makes no sense: every fucking artist on the list is the odd man out. Can you imagine 1994 reading this list? 1994 would slit its own throat just to stop the pain. Possibly because Jay-Z is outranked by Nicki fucking Minaj. "Dead Presidents" Hova would have none of that shit.
- At first I was puzzled by Kanye West placing higher than Jay-Z on the list, but then I realized "that shit cray" is a much more contagious catchphrase than "ball so hard".
- Apparently Big Sean and Meek Mill have better, more loyal fans than the likes of J. Cole. And yet Cole is the guy with a number one album under his belt.
- Kind of shocked Mac Miller isn't on this list. Maybe MTV has a system of checks and balances after all.
- Why is Lil' Wayne still a thing?
- It sure would have been nice if Wale was on here because of his mixtape hustle and his debut album Attention Deficit, as opposed to seeing the guy who appears to have sold his soul to the devil for a steady fanbase. In this metaphor, the devil is Rick Ross's beard, and the 'Maybach' in Maybach Music Group is represented by a three-legged unicorn that votes Libertarian, lives for Jeff Dunham specials on Comedy Central, and shits minty-fresh toothpaste because this metaphor makes no sense.
- I have a feeling that Nicki's sophomore project, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, will bomb. This is not schadenfreude: I honestly don't think that she will be able to maintain her crossover appeal, since hip hop isn't as forgiving as the world of pop music when it comes to blatant weirdness. I'd refer to her as hip hop's Lady Gaga had Kanye not claimed that title already.
- Can't wait for Meek Mill to not drop an album in 2012.
- I have no comment about Officer Ricky claiming the top spot. This is MTV. When was the last time they were ever in touch with the pulse of hip hop?
I'm done. Leave your thoughts below, and I'll try to get back to regular posts next week.