In order to determine this year’s Hottest MC, the seven members of MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust were asked to come up with their own individual lists based on a set of criteria that takes into account lyrics, sales and impact. The panelists’ solo lists were then tallied and combined into one master ranking that was debated during an extensive roundtable discussion. Eventually, with MTV News’ Sway Calloway moderating, the top 10 were cemented. On the way to crowning Kendrick Lamar the Hottest MC in the Game, though, tough decisions had to be made. In the end, some of the Brain Trust’s personal favorites, including Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, were left off of the list. Find out why by reading the full story at MTV News or check out the video above.