MTV's annual Hottest MCs In The Game list has been determined, and has already ignited some controversy over the rankings of the rappers mentioned. The list only holds ten spots, and each one is highly coveted, giving the rapper a boost of credibility, not to mention record sales. The Hottest MCs list has been in place since 2007, and the line-up is crafted by a panel of hip-hop journalists who judge the artists based on artistic execution, (lyrical ability, flow), commercial success (charting hits, radio spins, album sales), cultural impact (business acumen, ushering in other big artists), digital metrics Facebook page likes, Twitter followers, new songs on mixtapes), buzz and other intangibles, according to MTV.com. On-air correspondent for MTV News Sway Calloway normally hosts the special when it airs. Slots 10-5 are listed in Part One below.
Part Two of the Hottest MCs list airs Thursday, March 7 at 10 p.m. ET.