Compton rapper finishes above Rick Ross and Kanye West in 2013 poll

Kendrick Lamar has topped a poll of the Hottest MCs in the world, finishing above 2 Chainz, Kanye West and Rick Ross.

The MTV list rewarded Lamar based on a combination of rhyme skill, flow, buzz, commercial success, business ventures, web presence, and cultural influence. The rapper released his album ‘Good Kid, mAAd City’ in 2012 which went straight to the top of the US charts in its first week. Speaking to Rap-Up about the accolade, Lamar said: “It’s very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It’s still competitive and I’m trying to compete with everybody to be the best.”

Kanye West previously hit out at MTV finding himself placed at just number seven on the list, behind his own protoge Big Sean as well as Drake and Nas. In a rare interview with US radio station Hot 97, the hip-hop superstar said that he felt the decision had been made on other criteria rather than his body of work and that his public persona counted against him.

“Yeah, number seven bothers me,” he said when asked about the list. “To me, I feel like in order for them to put me as number seven, they had to bring up things they didn’t like. They didn’t like the ‘Cruel Summer’ album, and I’m like, ‘That’s just [a] compilation.’

“I don’t know, it’s definitely not based on a body of work,” he continued. “It possibly could just be like overall rap MC swag. What happens is, with these type of things… they don’t like ‘Givenchy’ Kanye, they don’t like Kanye in a kilt, they don’t like Kanye in a relationship.”

See the full list of MTVs Hottest MCs In The Game below:

1. Kendrick Lamar
2. 2 Chainz
3. Rick Ross
4. Nas
5. Drake
6. Big Sean
7. Kanye West
8. A$AP Rocky
9. Future
10. Meek Mill