While rappers like A$AP Rocky and Kanye West may have been offended by MTV’s “Hottest MCs In the Game” list, one notable hip-hop star was happy that the list sparked intense discussion and debate. Kendrick Lamar revealed his perspective on lists and how they energize the fanbase.
“It’s very important for hip-hop,” Lamar told Rap-Up TV. “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.”
“When people feel like they need to make their comments, I feel that’s needed,” said K-Dot. “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.”