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MTV recently released the bottom five of their top 10 hottest MCs in 2013 and we were compelled to do our own ///

10. The People’s Choice

This vote goes up for discussion from the people/listeners…you fill in the spot.

Extra Lovely Considerations for #10 (keep in mind this is “hottest for 2013” not “best of all time”): Kanye, Gunplay, Riff Raff and a couple others we’re too embarrassed to admit.

9. Joey Bada$$ 

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Originality: ////// 6

Style: //////// 8

Solid artist overall, 90’s purist at heart

Lyrical Skill: //////// 8

Flow: //////// 8

Voice: //////// 8

Beat Selection: //////// 8

Buzz/Fan Base: /////// 7

Set Trends: ///// 5

Material/Work Ethic: ///// 5

Overall – 7.0

 

8. Danny Brown 

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Originality: //////// 8

There’s only one Danny Brown

Style: //////// 8

Unorthodox

Lyrical Skill: /////// 7

Flow: /////// 7

Voice: /////// 7

It’s definitely distinct but won’t work on every beat, not very versatile

Beat Selection: //////// 8

Buzz/Fan Base: ////// 6

Set Trends: ////// 6

Material/Work Ethic: /////// 7

2 albums, A bunch of mixtapes and guest appearances

Overall – 7.1

 

7. Roc Marciano 

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Originality: /////// 7

Style: //////// 8

Lyrical Skill: //////// 8

He’s nice

Flow: //////// 8

New York raw raps

Voice: ///////// 9

Roc’s voice is very distinct and gritty on tracks

Beat Selection: //////// 8

raw

Buzz/Fan Base: ///// 5

Set Trends: ///// 5

Material/Work Ethic: /////// 7

2 albums, 2 EPs

Overall – 7.2

 

6. Action Bronson

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Originality: /////// 7

Pro-Wrestler

Style: //////// 8

Albania/ Queens, NY MC/Chef-Oakely rockin steez

Lyrical Skill: /////// 8

Flow: //////// 8

Voice: //////// 8

They say Ghostface

Beat Selection: /////// 7

Buzz/Fan Base: /////// 7

Set Trends: ////// 6

Everybody’s got a G-pen or a vaporizer these days, I think Action helped out a little

Material/Work Ethic: //////// 8

4 mixtapes, 2 independent albums

Overall – 7.4

 

5. Earl Sweatshirt

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Originality: /////// 7.5

Style: //////// 8

Lyrical Skill: ///////// 9

Skill relative to age is off the charts

Flow: //////// 8

Voice: /////// 7

slightly monotone

Beat Selection: /////// 7

This could improve with the release of the new album

Buzz/Fan Base: ///////// 9

Everyone was waiting for him to come back and now that he has the buzz for his album is big

Set Trends: ////// 6

Material/Work Ethic: ////// 6

1 album, a bunch of guest spots, considering his age and leave of absence

Overall – 7.5

 

4. Jay Electronica

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Originality: //////// 8

Style: //////// 8

Lyrical Skill: ///////// 9

Flow: //////// 8

Voice: //////// 8

Beat Selection: ///////// 9

Some of Just Blaze’s best

Buzz/Fan Base: //////// 8

Set Trends: ///// 5

The only real trend that’s been set is his fans constantly bugging him to drop his album…

Material/Work Ethic: ////// 6

No album, but I have more than 50 high quality Jay Elec tracks in my itunes.

Overall – 7.5

 

3. A$AP Rocky

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Originality: /////// 8

Style: ///////// 9

Self-directed videos w/ original themes and visuals. Brought fashion to the forefront (could be good and bad), brought Trill to NYC (good and bad again). Regardless, definitely one of the most influential in the past year.

Lyrical Skill: /////// 7

Not a ton of substance, but the flow and delivery is extra solid

Flow: //////// 8

Voice: //////// 8

Beat Selection: /////// 8

Buzz/Fan Base: //////// 8

mixtape, Number 1 album

Set Trends: ///////// 9

Definite trend setter

Material/Work Ethic: /////// 7

Overall – 8.0

 

2. Kendrick Lamar

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Originality: /////// 7

There’s been a few Compton rappers rapping about Compton before him

Style: //////// 8

Lyrical Skill: ///////// 9

Pretty much guaranteed to kill every verse, the story behind the album concept was very creative and skilled writer

Flow: ///////// 9

He’s a natural

Voice: /////// 7

Beat Selection: /////// 8

Buzz/Fan Base: ///////// 9

Number 1 album

Set Trends: //////// 8

Bitch don’t kill my vibe

Material/Work Ethic: /////// 7

Overall – 8.0

 

1. Lil B The Basedgod

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Originality: ////////// 10

Definition of ‘one of a kind’. Lil B was the first one to really use multi-social networks to the fullest to gain a buzz and it worked like no other and he’s still doing it today.

Style: //////// 8

Very versatile, if you really give his tracks a listen he covers several different rhyme/song styles. The vans

Lyrical Skill: ////// 6

Flow: ////// 6

Voice: /////// 7

Beat Selection: /////// 8

He pretty much gave Clams Casino his first shine

Buzz/Fan Base: ///////// 9

Dedicated and Based

Set Trends: ////////// 10

Thank You Basedgod, F@#K My Bitch Basedgod, Protect Lil B, Task Force

Material/Work Ethic: ////////// 10

Endless amounts of mixtapes, based freestyles, free downloads and videos. Oh, he wrote a book too…did any other rapper give a lecture at NYU this year?

Overall – 8.2

 

Additional Thoughts: 

We understand there’s an issue of naming MCs that might lack experience and others that might have a little too much. For Instance, we didn’t talk about Nas, Jay-Z, 50, Eminem, Wayne, Drake…We also didn’t go too far underground and mention cats like Quelles Chris, Underachievers, Flatbush Zombies, SpaceGhost Purp…

In conclusion We feel like there was a lot more to pick from when it was 1996 ///

E.L.

Action Bronson out of Flushing Queens, NY reminding us all what the east coast flow is, he cooks too (not like swag “cook” he really cooks).

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