MTV’s “Hottest MCs In The Game” #1: Kendrick Lamar (Video)

blame it on Shake March 7, 2013

If you thought the #1 spot was gonna go to anyone other than Kendrick Lamar you must of been living under a rock the last 365. And to celebrate taking the throne on MTV‘s Hottest MCs in the Game list, Kendrick gave a performance of “Poetic Justice” after the jump.

K-Dot earned the #1 spot in a unanimous decision, while 2 Chainz landed in the #2 slot. While both MCs made indelible marks in the last year, it was Kendrick’s artistry and commercial appeal that helped him earn the title. Lyrically, Lamar is an expert spitter who weaves complex rhyme patterns around soul-drenched beats, with as unique a style as rap has seen in years. And while verbal depth isn’t usually a marker for rap success, the Compton rapper moved major units when he dropped his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.

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