Last night, MTV Base's Top 10 Hottest MCs list aired on the channel with a panel of DJ Capital, DJ Zai Maya, Kyeezi, Ms Cosmo, myself, Scoop Makhathini, as well as Sandile GQ guiding the conversation. As can be expected, the streets are on fire with the turn out of the deliberation and there are calls for a re-do, a complete scrap, as well as a panel recycle - nothing that is new to the many reactions to the list.
For a back drop, let's look at what the show itself as well as what the criteria is based on. The show is modelled after the American counterpart, MTV's Hottest MCs in the game which is a list of hip hop artists who are deemed the "hottest" in the year, considering their cultural relevance and interest. While fans may argue about their preferences, the list is not about the greatest of rappers since it has a 5 part criteria that accounts for Bars/Lyrics, Impact, Buzz, Sales, and Intangibles. A combination of all these elements will naturally fast track the more (usually) commercially successful artists versus many that both fans and industry peers will put forward to represent the game. Based on this criteria of guidance, the Top 10 Hottest MCs of South Africa this year look like this:
2. Nasty C
4. Cassper Nyovest
6. Shane Eagle
8. Ricky Rick
10. Nadia Nakai
Questions of how people like A-Reece, Stogie T, Kid X, and YoungstaCpt - to name a few - were left off the list were a trending factor, while Riky Rick, Moozlie, and vaguely Anatii's placements on the list were also questioned. The biggest battle, I feel, lies in the Top 4 as those acts have all held the fort respectively this year. If anything, from the deliberation up till this point of going to air, the Top 4 itself could be reshuffled in my opinion. Alas, we are here and these are some of the reactions from SA hip hop below:
@akaworldwide being number 3 on your #HottestMCs list is just disrespectful... Truth be told he was my only competition this year & number 1 on my list, without a doubt. I swore I would never tweet about that list again but I’m shocked at how they played the Supa Mega shem!???????????? pic.twitter.com/dZounL2tLM— ???????? #K1Ggg #VurVai (@KwestaDaKAR) December 6, 2018
Fela In Versace is the only song bigger than @KidXSA’s Aunty & Mtano Muntu but I guess you know it’s no really about good music when the man with the BEST Album of the Year in any genre doesn’t make #HottestMCs Top 10... Luckily the fans know the real!https://t.co/tPYzwX9UxL— ???????? #K1Ggg #VurVai (@KwestaDaKAR) December 6, 2018
Champ. You’re number 1 on my list everyday of the week. ???? https://t.co/g6AfYDcOCt— AKA (@akaworldwide) December 6, 2018
There’s a lot being said about “the list” .... here’s what I have to say .... pic.twitter.com/pCmVZgLIyN— AKA (@akaworldwide) December 6, 2018
Every year that list drops and we all just start fighting each other & shit. I’m not saying it’s not cool to debate who should be number 1 or not but I think we should do it in a manner that’s a bit more respectful and present facts instead of insult each other and be bitter. ❤️— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) December 6, 2018
Sounds like y’all pulling these facts out your asses— “CATCH IT” OUT NOW (@Nasty_CSA) December 6, 2018
Facts— YoungChosen1 (@Shane_Eagle) December 6, 2018
Top 5...hmmm not bad at all☺️☺️— Rouge (@Rouge_Rapper) December 6, 2018
But yall know me..
The work continues.
Thanks guys ????????
Back to the music and building.
Just means I gotta work harder next year!!!!! At least I made the list! ❤️❤️ #AllLove— BRAGGA (@Nadia_nakai) December 6, 2018
Can we please respect Cassper? PLEASE!!! .. #hottestmcs— #TEvOR???? (@Rowlene_SA) December 6, 2018
Change the name of #HottestMCs, unless you are doing it for the controversy. Should be Hottest SA Act or something like that.— Ofentse Mwase????️????️???????????? (@unclescrooch) December 7, 2018
We are disrespecting the word MC
How y'all gon put that other guy above Cass?? ???????? yall played yo'selves#hottestmcs— #LATELY (@astryd_brown) December 6, 2018
I wanna blame the panelists, but maybe I should check the criteria first. #BaseHottestMCs— Papi Gonzalez (@Akio_Kawahito) December 6, 2018
Got more wrong than they got right. #BaseHottestMCs— Papi Gonzalez (@Akio_Kawahito) December 6, 2018
2. Nasty C
6. Shane Eagle
8. Ricky Rick
Most deserved to be on there, but the order was off. Tshego probably should have made it. Frank Casino had a bigger year than at least one of the artists that made it too. #BaseHottestMCs— Papi Gonzalez (@Akio_Kawahito) December 6, 2018
Kid X, YoungstaCPT, Tshego, Frank Casino, A-Reece. All of them have strong cases to feel snubbed. #BaseHottestMCs— Papi Gonzalez (@Akio_Kawahito) December 6, 2018
People’s thoughts on #hottestmcs list are really interesting.— The Pristine Queen???????????? (@QueenAzizzar) December 6, 2018
You’re not validated by nobody. Keep going.— #Bozza #VI (@Gigi_Lamayne) December 7, 2018
Smh.....Mara this list— MAJOR LEAGUE (@MAJORLEAGUEDJZ) December 6, 2018
Just saw that list... SMH????????— Tebello Tibz Motsoane (@SHOWtibzLOVE) December 6, 2018
Is the hottest MCs list based on who raps the best? Earns the most? Star power?— Tebello Tibz Motsoane (@SHOWtibzLOVE) December 6, 2018
Hawu... no A-Reece? No Stogie after he buried every Sway hyena? What’s the criteria? Also I could be wrong, but Anatii didn’t really drop a hip-hop project in my opinion. Despite how amazing it is— Tebello Tibz Motsoane (@SHOWtibzLOVE) December 6, 2018
Then again, it’s like debates about culture... everybody wants ownership. I guess these lists are the same— Tebello Tibz Motsoane (@SHOWtibzLOVE) December 6, 2018
Damn. No A-reece? https://t.co/o9HZhGR3PQ— #Azania ???????? (@ReasonHD) December 6, 2018