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By: Cory Lopez / March 7, 2013

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Kanye West will not settle for seventh best.

The hip-hop artist went off on a tirade after landing at No. 7 on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” ranking, being bested by the likes of Drake, Nas and even his G.O.O.D. Music protégé, Big Sean.

“Yeah, number seven bothers me,” the “Clique” rapper told DJ Enuff of New York City radio station Hot 97. “To me, I feel like in order for them to put me as No. 7, they had to bring up things that they didn’t like,” West explained. “Like they didn’t like the Cruel Summer album, and I’m like, ‘That’s just [a] compilation — it ain’t all rappers on G.O.O.D. Music.'”

“I mean, Cruel Summer got ‘[I] Don’t Like’ remix, ‘Mercy,’ ‘Cold,’ ‘New God Flow,’ oh and ‘Clique’!” he boasted of his 2012 collaborative album with artists from his record label. “You can’t name five records like that on no album. But they wanna dis me, and be like, ‘He did Cruel Summer, and he can’t say he ain’t part of it ’cause he did eight records. … Ain’t nobody bringing up that [Rihanna] ‘Diamonds’ remix verse, like there was no verse in a year that was f***in’ with that verse!”
West even went on to break down some of his “hot” rhymes, that he argued were overlooked by MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust, the decision-makers behind the “Hottest MCs.”

“I don’t think it’s them really going bar-for-bar: I said, ‘Lucky I didn’t have Jay drop him from the team!'” he noted, quoting a line from his track “Cold,” which referred to his pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries, who now plays for minority owner Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Nets. “Ain’t no bar, ain’t no bar in the entire past four months hotter than that bar. That’s one bar! I come from this battle rap; that’s how I grew up. I’m from Chicago.”

“It’s definitely not based on a body of work,” continued West, whose work has continued to be commercially successful since his 2004 debut album, The College Dropout. “It possibly could just be like overall rap-MC-swag, you know what I’m saying? Sean is a great rapper, period; it checks all the boxes.”

But even beyond his music-making skills, West believes his overall image stood in the way of him landing a higher ranking.

“What happens is with these types of things … as soon as you come in like, I had the pink Polo and the backpack, then I’m checking all the boxes of that Tribe Called Quest era and J Dilla and all that” he said. “[But] they don’t like ‘Givenchy Kanye,’ they don’t like Kanye in a kilt, they don’t like Kanye in a relationship.”

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