Kendrick Lamar Likes ‘Competitive’ Nature Of ‘Hottest MCs’

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By Carolyn Amurao

The quest to name the “Hottest MC” continued on “RapFix Live” last night (March 6), where we revealed that Nas and Rick Ross took the #4 and #3 spots, respectively. There’s been some controversy over the rankings—both Kanye West (#7) and A$AP Rocky (#8) were pissed about their placements while fans took issue with Drake’s #5 spot—but for Kendrick Lamar the competitiveness is necessary.

On the set of the “Memories Back Then” video with T.I. and B.o.B., K.Dot, who’s yet to be ranked, told Rap-Up TV that competition is “very important for hip-hop.” He continued: “I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It’s competitive. Even though we doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It’s still competitive and I’m trying to compete with everybody to be the best.”

So when A$AP Rocky says he’d rather not be ranked at all than be #8—that’s actually a good thing according to Kendrick’s philosophy. “When people feel like they need to make their comments, I feel that’s needed, you know. You’re supposed to feel like you’re the best ’cause if you don’t, you gon’ get stepped on ’cause it’s a jungle out there,” the good kid, m.A.A.d. city rapper said.

K.Dot also thinks that Yeezy (who is notorious for feeling like he’s the best) “definitely” deserved a higher spot than #7. “It’s Kanye,” he said. “He’s been putting in work for years.”

It seems like Kendrick, who churned out hits like “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice” this past year, has a good attitude about it all. Could he land the #1 spot? We’ll find out soon enough.