Kanye West called into New York’s Hot 97 for a rare discussion after landing at No. 7 on MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game list.
No. 1 will be revealed on Thursday (March 7) at 10 p.m. on “MTV Jams.” So far, the list includes Meek Mill, Future and A$AP Rocky at Nos. 10 through 8 respectively, West’s artist Big Sean at No. 6 and Drake ranked No. 5.
“I’m happy for [Big] Sean,” he told DJ Enuff on “The Angie Martinez Show.” “But I feel like he should be on top 5. He’s bodying records, like the way he started off that ‘Mercy.’”
But he was less than pleased with his own No. 7 ranking, criticizing the list creators’ biases.
“What happens with them… I had like the pink polo and the backpack and I’m checkin’ all the boxes of that A Tribe Called Quest era and J. Dilla and all that, so they wanna champion it. They don’t like Givenchy Kanye. They don’t like Kanye in a kilt. They don’t like Kanye in a relationship,” he said.
Not that he was expecting the top spot: In West’s opinion, the world’s No. 1 rapper is Lil Wayne.
“Yeah, I just think… him and [Jay-Z] and [Eminem] and certain people are just the greatest rappers of all time,” he said.
He finished with a call for the network’s Sway to remember his roots.
“I was living in Newark doing beats for Jay and Beans and all them and I was getting a new TV and I gave Sway his first TV,” West said. “And really I didn’t wanna even call to talk about the No. 7 list. I just wanna tell everybody that I gave Sway his first TV. And he need to remember that.”