MTV has started to reveal the rappers that made the cut for its highly debatable “Hottest MCs In The Game VII” list. Coming in at #10 is Maybach Music Group artist Wale. So, what all added up for him to make the list?
Yomi Desalu, MTV’s senior director of music and talent programming strategy said, “Wale really touched on a broad scale, when it comes to an audience, it’s hard to dispute that.”
Check below for the other reasons MTV gave Wale the #10 spot.
Selected Mixtapes: The Eleven One Eleven Theory
Singles: “That Way” (featuring Jeremih and Rick Ross), “Lotus Flower Bomb” (featuring Miguel) and “600 Benz” (featuring Jadakiss and Rick Ross)
Street Bangers: “Bait,” “Chain Music”
Key Guest Appearances: Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands,” Shawty Lo’s “Pocahontas” and Trae Tha Truth’s “I’m On.”
Meteoric Metrics: Two #1 rap albums with Ambition and MMG’s Self Made, vol. 1, #1 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop single “Lotus Flower Bomb.”
Business Ventures: N/A
Tours: Dates with Rick Ross
Monumental Moment: Signing to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music and notching a #1 Rap Album with his sophomore effort Ambition
Forecast: After his 2009 debut, Attention Deficit, yielded less-than-stellar results, Wale reinvented himself as a member of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. After setting himself up properly with appearances on MMG’s Self Made, Vol. 1 and his own The Eleven One Eleven Theory mixtape, the D.C. spitter’s Ambition should solidify him as a major player in rap for many years to come.
Click here to see a list of the rappers nominated for this year’s Hottest MCs In The Game, and look for the full show to air on MTV2 on February 19 at 10:30PM ET.