Governor Paterson Endorses Jay-Z’s Hottest MC Honor
Jay-Z was dubbed "Hottest MC in the Game" this weekend, after MTV finally revealed the crème de la crème of its' top-list of rappers for 2009. But of course, nothing is official until the government endorses it.
New York City Governor David Paterson weighed in on the results this week after Jay-Z was crowned number one, giving the Brooklyn rapper a personal thumbs up. "Jay-Z is not only an outstanding hip-hop artist, but a dedicated philanthropist as well," Paterson said. "Having just attended his September 11th benefit concert in Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago, I can personally attest to his commitment to New York and the impact he has on New Yorkers of all ages. He is most definitely deserving of the top MC of 2009 title."
Before the official results of the competition were posted, Paterson had already drawn up his own list of requirements for the hottest MC. The governor's criteria could have made the cut as part of the promotion for Jay's 'Blueprint 3,' which caught endless criticism for tracks like "D.O.A." that tried to push for creativity in the hip-hop scene.
"I think these days, since hip-hop is now nearly 30 years old, that it's the creativity," he said. "There are too many people who think you become successful by mimicking what others have done, and I think every performer starts out with a favorite, but it's those people who blaze new trails that I think are the MCs of the future.
Paterson went on to add that the hottest MC in the game would also figure out a way to push the 18-and-over crowd to exercise their voting rights in the future. Maybe on the next album Jay?
In 2008 Jay-Z pulled in at number two on MTV's Hottest MC list, giving up first place to this year's number four contender, Kanye West.