50 Cent has always been a lightning rod for controversy, so when the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust put Fif at #9 on the Hottest MCs in the Game list, the fans immediately wrote in with passionate responses.
Diadem wrote in, saying, “Well, I knew this list was going to be askew, but I wasn’t expecting for it to be this irrational. And to say that only people in New York know 50 Cent’s music is laughable, seeing how he will be the only real global icon on the list. Everyone knows 50 Cent is huge worldwide, so I would think for sure a production assistant for MTV News would actually be knowledgeable of that. I think MTV needs to re-evaluate their ‘trusty roundtable’ before they start evaluating a Hottest MC list. And all I know is Rick Ross, Game and Joe Budden better not be on this list then.”
Ibzdn was even more heated when assessing 50’s ranking this year. “This is almost worse than that Vibe Best Rapper scam. #9 is some BS. The title is ‘Hottest MCs in the Game,’ meaning right now, today, as we speak. Then 50 should be #1, 2 or 3 with Em and Jay ahead, or maybe with the buzz of Drake at #4. No album since September 11, 2007, and he’s still relevant, still making hits (‘Get Up,’ ‘I Get It In,’ ‘OK, You’re Right,’ ‘Flight 187,’ ‘Baby by Me’). Two more classic mixtapes (War Angel, Forever King). He did some features. The main thing is, he’s relevant without an album.
“The [Brain Trust’s] excuse is he didn’t drop an album,” the reader continued. “What’s gonna be the excuse when he does drop Before I Self Destruct? The drought of hardcore, gangsta rap will be over. I’m tired of all this lollipop and sunshine music. We in a recession. 50 is gonna give us something to listen to when we out hittin’ a lick, ya feel me?”
Geoff was steaming mad. “This is absolutely ridiculous!” he wrote. “How in the hell can 50 be at #9? How the hell can you put him lower than top three? This list is bullsh–. None of the judges clearly have a clue and clearly haven’t listened to any of his latest mixtapes. 50’s back to his best!!”
Although some fans didn’t agree with the ninth slot, they weren’t quite as harsh on the Brain Trust. “I am the biggest 50 Cent fan, but in my heart, I knew that he should not have been in the top five,” Ilovemusic wrote. “Those spots belong to Jay-Z, Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye and Eminem (in no particular order). I don’t think 50 should have been #9 though. Without seeing who #6, 7 or 8 is, I know 50 is more relevant than them. Both of his mixtapes are better than mostly anything anyone put out on this list. But let’s be real: For the past two years that the list has been out, nobody is happy with the outcome. 50 should have been #6.”
“I’m happy. There are several MCs hotter than 50 right now,” reader Boski said. “He probably should’ve been sixth or seventh, though.”