Wanna know the funny thing? This guy was actually born in New York. How's that for irony?

On top of all that, the singles "Hard in Da Paint" and "No Hands," from his debut LP Flockaveli (released October 5), garnered him enough buzz and attention to be voted the #8 Hottest MC in the Game, his first time making the list.

While Atlanta has been a hotbed of hip-hop talent for many years, a lot of artists who make a name for themselves off club records disappear as fast as they arrive. Right now, though, Waka isn't just hot in the clubs; he practically owns them.

"[Waka] put out three consistent records in a row," MTV senior producer Rahman Dukes said during the Hottest MCs roundtable. "He's coming out a region that's known for putting out one great record."

Still, there are many in hip-hop who question the upstart's talent. Critics have derided him, claiming he's more flash and rowdiness (witness his shouted ad lib "Waka! Flocka! Waka! Flocka!") than lyrical substance.

"He's not the most lyrical dude," MTV News senior writer Jayson Rodriguez admitted, defending Waka's place on the list. "But these joints, they're ubiquitous. You can't go places without hearing 'O Let's Do It.' You hear it everywhere."

"There's always been a lane for different artists who just control that 'get drunk, get crunk, just go hard' ... and those artists usually haven't always been the most lyrical," said MTV News supervising producer Sean Lee. "Right now, he's owning that lane."

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  • JBeatz

    I'm a dude who enjoys pretty much any flavor of hip-hop. I get Waka's appeal. Beats are hyped...he's lyrically a disaster, but he is a good hype rapper. But I don't think he is a good "MC" by any means. Sometimes fun to listen to, but he doesn't have skill, and MCs need that to be at the top.

  • http://www.twiiter.com/t_vizzy @T_VIZZY

    This list is fuckin ridiculous......2dope stop wastin ur time postin this bullshit

  • Stephanie

    Smfh...

  • waldo

    It is pretty sad to see B.o.B. with three number one hits at #9 and this dude at #8... smfh at MTV

  • dashboard

    SOME OF THESE NIGGAS DOWN SOUTH DONT ITHER KNOW THEY WILL BE YOUNG MC

  • WilliamJacob

    this list is whatever people want to make of it
    if people want to get worked up over it, that's their business

  • Weava

    whose next? mother fuckin Dorrough? Teach Me How To Dougie? Shawdeee like a melody in my head? FUCK MTV

  • http://backblockbully.blogspot.com unstoppable jug

    I Know His Uncle Is A OG But SMFH

  • SkyWalker410

    fuckin disgrace....who gives a fuck what fools play in the club bitch

  • Ron Ron

    did that dude really say he comes out of a region know for making one great record? i guess he never heard of Outkast, Ludacris, T.I, just to name a few

  • http://www.2dopeboyz.com ManUp

    This list is fuckin ridiculous……2dope stop wastin ur time postin this bullshit

    ------------------------------------------------
    THIS

  • SavannahChitlinPimp

    co-sign waldo! How did they put Luda over Banks for having three hits singles and a number one album, but put B.o.B under Waka when Bobby has the same stats as Luda and Waka hasn't had a joint crack top 20? That fact alone should at least put B.o.B ahead of Waka. Let alone skill.

  • Coop

    @JBeatz Couldn't have said it better.

  • will

    I have never even heard of this guy before wow

  • http://twitter.com/KushFu KushFu

    Fozzie Bear.... I was bout to say Who The Fukk Is This? and
    it end up being this sucka, saulgood tho' we know what's on are list
    jet life

  • http://joebuddentv.com Dino

    so where number 7? i could use a good laugh right about now.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/blett B_Lett

    Okay, this list is officially a fail. How the heck do you put Waka Flocka over B.o.B? Just look at the BET Hip Hop Awards performances. Waka walking through the crowd letting a beat play and shouting his name, then eventually citing like 4 bars of his song, or B.o.B who brought a live band, played guitar, and vocally nailed his performance. My thoughts on getting into the music industry are dropping if this is appealing to people now. Fuck Waka Flocka, Lil B, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross and the rest of those buffoons. When are the real rappers like Kanye, Eminem, Jay-Z and Lupe going to call them out? I know the age of dissing in rap is kind of dying down, but someone really needs to step up and name call these fools, rip them to shreds on a verse, and destroy their careers.

  • Derp

    B.o.B under Waka? SMH, forreal tho? Fuck you doin...bullshittin

  • http://www.2dopeboyz.com ManUp

    Wanna know the funny thing? This guy was actually born in New York. How’s that for irony?
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    THE SINS OF THE FATHER'S HAVE FALLEN UPON THE CHILDREN

  • http://www.soundclick.com/blett B_Lett

    After the recent Justin Bieber freestyle video, it's so obvious that he's next on the list.

  • GhettoBlaster

    some of these people are retarded how can i get on that round tabel real shit.

  • J-easy the Great

    why rap always gotta be about the club fuck that shit it aint nothin muthafuckas high and drunk of course they gon like some retarded ass rap hip hop is way more than that bullshit get the fuck out the clubs and learn somthin put a end to the ignorant rap cuz you are what you listen to

  • Momma Told Me To Say Fuck Yall

    Dnt diss Lil B the based god.

  • thisguy

    the best verse he spit was on short bus shawty. and i'm sure the TV channel formerly known for playing music is the first place everybody gets their rap advice from.

  • JaySpaceE

    @B_Lett

    Ehh Lil B doesn't deserve that list, he does it to be funny which it is.

    Not a big on this Top 10 list but it does say "MTV's Hottest". If you are a faithful follower of what MTV influences you to see then you might have a quarrel but if you have your own mind, this is just for for comedic purposes.

  • Ralph

    I don't ever want to hear the word MTV again!!!!

  • I’ll Wait

    "Im a girl and I'd rather hear hard in da paint" bitch you wear combat boots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/malkdeez MalcolmLH

    Did this guy just compare Waka 'WhoGivesAFucka' Flame to Onyx ? Kill yourself with diabetes man .

  • CalHipHopHead

    This shit is ridiculous. For all of these to actually sit there and say Waka is better than B.O.B. is preposterous. Their logic is flawed. They say that Waka is better than B.O.B.'s because his singles are better in the club. The club is not the only place to listen to music.I may dance to Waka in the club, but that doesn't mean I will support him and buy his record or see him at a show. B.O.B. is not trying to make club songs! He is a multidimensional artist and musician. You need to look at their entire body of work and not three singles. Next year, Waka will be the equivalent of J-Kwon, and B.O.B. will continue to get better as an artist. MTV you fail once again

  • TheEvilExecutive

    What the fuck? B.o.B is getting fuckin play even on god damn ESPN, how the fuck is Waka hotter than that? I aint got a problem with the guy, shit i live in Alabama so you know folks are about that shit, but seriously, that doesn't even make a single shit of sense

  • cash4golda

    they must be joking... honestly why are we listening to people on MTV when MTV hasnt actually played any music in the last 5 years... all they care about are teen moms and other mind obliterating reality television programs... these people have no idea what good hip hop is!
    THE PRODUCERS OF MTV CAN GO F&*K THEMSELVES! THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT MAKES AN MC GREAT! honestly Waka Flocka? wtf!

  • james dean

    it just seems like the words "Waka Flocka" and "MC" just don't go together...No matter how many "hits" or "club bangers" he has.... and then Wiz and Fab got left off the list?? woooow

  • zookeeper

    W O W ... no further comment necessary.

  • kevin

    MTV should stick to my super sweet sixteen. they dont know shit about real hip-hop. luda and banks is better than waka flocka and b.o.b....

  • Big-O

    *dead*

  • harharhar

    LIL B THE BASED GOD IS THE HOTTEST MC UNDER KANYE!!!!!!!

  • JaySpaceE

    Uhm @Kevin

    You were on a roll before you said Luda better the B.o.B. Simmer down now...

    If it was a hottest right now list in the right fashion B.o.B would still beat Luda. No excuse for Waka. POW POW POW!

  • http://nahright.com nahright

    say that shit to waka's face meka & shake
    exactly stfu you niggas soft

    nahright over everything

  • cash4golda

    WAKA FLOCKA FLAME! SHUT THE FUCK UP WAKA! NO ONE WHO ACTUALLY KNOWS GOOD HIP HOP LIKES YOU!!!!

  • http://nahright.com nahright

    you niggas got beat up by dame's dudes
    dont fuck with waka's goons you fucking keyboard nerds

  • Momma Told Me To Say Fuck Yall

    Why niggas sooooooo mad cuz fab isnt on the list??? Dude garbo as fuck now! He jus run his mouf on twitter all day.

  • I’ll Wait

    ^^ tough guy

  • k

    lol ppl still take MTV serious? cmon now

  • anunikke

    I have to admit, Waka's album made me laugh.
    The back ground noises are just so retarded.

    But since they were talking about having to enter into all types of hip-hop they better include at least raekwon

  • red

    I hate his voice and I hate his beats.
    If I go to the club Waka is the last thing I want to dance to.

  • ryguy

    this list gets worse and worse every year i've lost more respect for this list. by the end of this top 10 i will most likely lose all respect for it. they only way they could get my respect back is by adding Shake and Meka to this table of judges. if this doesnt happen i think they need to add a dopest mc in the game list on here. just an idea

  • shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

    i swear "the man" has viacom on lock. and viacom has midgets under that table holdin' a gun to their crotches. no homo. MTV is trippin' for even makin' Flocka part of this list. ridiculous.

  • Shawn

    Ayo, Meka.. this dude garbage. Why even waste a post on him? WTF do these stupid ignorant fucks think when they make this list.

    SMG.. wack ass rapper.

  • SavannahChitlinPimp

    btw, i hate when niggas say "he's not the most lyrical cat." No, Waka is a HORRIBLE rapper. Period.

  • blackadon

    if u dont like flockaveli u a strait up PUSSY point blank period

  • Ms. Amor

    These people on MTV are contradicting themselves with this list. They say the MC has to have the whole package but they use a weighted scale for the criteria with club jams scored higher than a solid song or a solid album. Throughout the life span of hip hop there will always be club hits no doubt but some of B.O.B songs are timeless. IMO. At the end of the day these people don't speak for me.

  • JCK88

    Whut. The. Fuck. Hip Hop is officially dead...again...

  • ReKZ

    B.o.B can make a club track have yall forgot about Haters

  • Ms. Amor

    They said that Waka comes from a region of "one hits" but they praise Luda for being a artist whose been in the game for awhile and B.O.B for have multiple chart topping hits. These people have no credibility.

  • thakid

    Taylor Gang or listen to Waka Flocka Flame

  • Hardcore Rap & Mary J. Blige Records

    Wow, this is crazy... im not even gunna get worked up about the rappers they choos cuz we all know once Yo! MTV Raps went off air they lost all credibility to speak on Hip-Hop. What bothers me the most is that they actually call this list "The Hottest MC's" list. Who on this list is a true MC? Matter of fact, who in mainstream Hip-Hop is a true MC?

  • sull

    this should be RAoF

  • http://www.urmom.com Hiphopper

    I'm getting tired of hearing what they are judging on, the "Streets, the clubs, the "urban charts" this is a fairly small audience compared to what B.o.B. has done. Every time i here a waka song, i feel less intelligent, he is not BY ANY MEANS, an MC. he's not lyrical at all.

  • Dia

    i honestly dont know a single song hes made...(does short bus shawty count?) i dont hear his music ever on the west coast. nor in the clubs. #8 is such a stretch but it is MTV.

  • Larry H.

    What Do We Expect Like B.O.B Said All They Know Is Patron And Swag.

  • DAROCKNESSMONSTAH

    wow waka a top 10 mc? -_- this is why mtv has no clout

  • Coolin

    Wow these people are retarded. "the clubs the clubs THE CLUBS ahhhhhhfuaedsfgtrsyrua" They act like every club in America is playing Waka's 3 lame ass songs on a loop and people are blasting them from the rooftops. I haven't heard any of them. Not only that but what makes the clubs so important regarding "hottest MC"? "Oh you aint gon' hear Airplanes in the club!" okay but since when is that the determining factor in the hottness of an MC? So you have to be drunk and stupid for a guy to be good?

  • Coolin

    Also, using that logic, would that make Waka better than Em or Jay? Cuz you don't hear them in the club too often. No, of course not. But you know they won't be consistent with their logic. okay

  • Dum Fucs

    fuck this!!!!!

  • Riktar

    WHAT!!!!!!!!! /walks out.

  • http://myspace.com/dah2l JL

    "While Atlanta has been a hotbed of hip-hop talent for many years," that's where the article lost all credibility.

    and if getting play in all over is what makes you "hot", then Vanilla Ice and the dude that made the chicken dance should be on that list and probably higher, since ice ice baby will be playing years after people forget about waka flocka.
    FACT.
    Anyone still here make em say uhh being played?....

  • TugeHitties

    This guy has earned it. Through his hard work and southern lyrics he has opened lanes previously not available. The only problem I have with this is that he isn't top 3, where he rightfully belongs.

  • Augusta GA Jedi

    NoMTV the people who took the music out there name should stop talking about it... its an epic fail, firstly. Secondly the fact that Waka flocka flame made this list reaffirms why i dont watch that network or there clusterfuck partner in crime BET.

  • Rockets

    Hard work my ass. This guy is a joke. He puts passions into his music. WTF. I could do the same fucking thing and so could just about anyone. He has the most shit music ever but he has decent beats to back it up. People like him disgust and the mainstream hip hop knowledge disgusts me.

  • 7

    MTV: Moron Television. This is a list for the sake of a list. Put a bunch of no brained morons in a room and this is what you get. Keep in mind this is the same network that brings you Jersey Shore, Teen Mom & Next.... There is no quality standard over there, so this is what you get. #7 will more than likely be Justin Beiber.

  • Teddy

    And this is what pisses me off. Waka gets great beats. You cant deny that. And Onyx back in the day also had great beats for its time. What they both have that is hard to find when it comes to Good Lyrical Rappers is that raw, grimy, energy. Good rappers need to produce good club songs. You need to have consistent club songs. But one or two here there aint gonna hurt none.

    Just imagine if Juvenile was on "Hard in the Paint." Matter fact what if they had an Onyx Remix of "Oh Lets do it." Good rappers need to leave room for entertainment. Cause the only reason why Waka is on here is because good rappers arent filling that void in Hip-Hop. Onyx used to be one of a very small group of rappers who could turn a Hip-Hop into a Gigantic Mosh Pit.

    Now all these Hip-Hop Purists fuckin shit up. All they want is chill beats. Go to concert and all they do is nod their head bob their hands up and down. Hip-Hop is more than that Goddamn it. Get real lyricist on these songs.

  • S

    Thank god I live in the uk where this type of shit gets no airplay on the radio or in the clubs

  • jacobi

    the list is simply irrelevant

  • ExtraGood909

    WAKA FLOCKA???
    >GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE<

  • Rio$

    what's sad is nobody on tv makes "THE MOST LYRICAL MC IN THE GAME"

    or "THE BEST OVERALL MC IN THE GAME" we just have the "hottest" or who has more twitter followers" or "more hot for clubs" So their is actually no thought put into these lists because they go by itunes sales and shit.

  • AYO

    COMING IN AT #7 on MTV'S HOTTEST MC'S LIST .....***DRUM ROLL........50 TYSON

  • yugang

    You mean to tell me waka flocka's ass is number 8 and b.o.b. is #9? get the fuck outta here!!!

    waka flocka is one-dimensional he can only do one type of music (hype and thats it).
    b.o.b. can rhyme, write songs, make hit records and sings

    b.o.b. has a varied fanbase from bet audience to mtv

    waka flocka has a smaller fanbase and he is mainly appealing to hood muthafuckas

    and if we talk about sales b.o.b. has waka flocka bet on that too so waka> b.o.b. does not make any sense whatsoever. Fuck mtv's list of top they never get it right anyways.

  • yugang

    ^^beat not bet

  • lol

    Waka the future of hip-hop. And it's a bright future I might add.

  • bucknasty

    who?

  • Waka’s good friend Pete.

    ^^^ Waka Flaka Flame, the top southern lyricist in the game.

  • Brother man

    The list is the hottest rappers in the game, not the best artist or who had the top records. I've seen Waka's concerts. Got people going crazy in em. Doubt B.O.B does.

  • Waka’s good friend Pete.

    ^^ B.O.B doesn't, I went to one of his concerts and fell asleep while he was dancing on stage in his leather vest with his fedora on singing about airplanes and shit.

  • yugang

    @brother man so its about being a hype man & club joints is what your saying? it aint about being the most well-rounded in terms of lyrics, music, performace or even sales but its about getting crunk?? i thought so. In that case mtv needs to change the list to the top 10 most hype rappers. Like i said fuck mtv!

  • nathanjones

    @waka's good friend pete if seeing a loud obnoxious nigga with a heavy southern slur shaking his dreads jumping all over the place is appealing to u than more power to you

    anyway mtv is about as credible as wmds being found in iraq. As someone said at the top MTV=Moron Television

  • killamic

    "Waka Flaka Flame, the top southern lyricist in the game" LOL thats the funniest joke i heard in a month.

  • KC

    I can't lie. Waka is crunk. He can get you hyped. And he's funny. I think he's a beast. But make no mistake. Flocka is not an MC. MTV is stupid for even calling him that. Flocka has made it abundantly clear that the genre of music he makes is club music/ gangsta rap. Not hip-hop. He's not the most lyrical though he has been stepping it up lately. Truly, I don't give a fuck. When any of his songs (with the exception of no hands) come on, I'm ready to fight!

  • http://www.miaalien.com mia

    everyone at this table needs a quick slap .. like.. how can they sit and face each other with the serious face on and discuss Flocka being an mc? the definition of mc is misinterpreted ...OBVIOUSLY.

  • kalabash

    now mtv officially sucks

  • http://www.beatzandlyrics.podomatic.com N-Turn

    "On MTV, but they don't care...They'll have a new nigga next year - Ice Cube

  • Dj Drama

    all these niggas at the table need to be offed asap

  • http://twitter.com/bigtris216 tris nigga!

    when all them niggas agreed to keep B.O.B. at 9 and leave him at 8 I passed out....like really? what the fuck r they goin by?

  • Cloud 9

    wtf how does he come from a region of one hits. my nigga u aint from tha south. u a new york nigga. if u come down yo ass would get shot for tryna to act like u southern. and i cant belaive that u ARE a new york nigga. cuz u aint lyrical at all

  • Cloud 9

    and i dnt wanna hear music that makes me wanna fight. imma grown man. who tha fuck am i suppose to be fighting? dats high school bullshit!

  • mo heavy

    this list is dead to me

  • Brady

    Is this a joke? Waka Flaka Flame is number 8 best "MC's" in the game. Holy shit. Why not throw Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and Kesha on here as well. You have to be fucking me MTV. God damn that's wack. Why isn't the next list "MC'S WITH THE MOST FACEBOOK FANS!!!" maybe then MTV can promote this bullshit.

    Next there gonna have Gucci Mane at number 1. Fuck this just made me lose hope in the rap game.

  • http://into-sound.blogspot.com DJ Steppe

    Wiz Khalifa doesn't even make the list and Fozzie is #8...wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack. Wack.

  • Knox

    Does this mean they are going to put gucci over Em, Jayz, J. Cole, Kanye?.
    If they do im sewing MTV.
    And for the record HE IS NOT HIP HOP.

  • ahen

    i think its fair to say MTV shouldn't be doin a fuckin hip hop list cuz they don't kno shit about hip hop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/malkdeez MalcolmLH

    Cosign w/ Cloud 9 to the fullest .

  • NAHMEEN

    Who is this?

  • Young Yung

    Baracka Flacka Flame > Waka Flocka Flame

  • Young Yung

    But for real tho, we can talk about the flaws of any rapper, like how Jay-Z's a 40 years old half-a billionaire still talking about how he sells coke, or how Kanye's latest single is garbage & no one isn't really checking for his new album, or how Lupe acts like a bitch sometimes like how he cancelled a whole mixtape after 1 song leaked.

    I unerstand Waka Flocka's appeal to his fans. He isn't the greatest (damn near the worst, actually) but don't act like anyone else you'd put in Waka's place has no flaws about them.

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