Are you really surprised?
After weeks of speculation, the MTV brain trust named Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar its hottest MC. 2 Chainz came in second, and Rick Ross placed third. Lamar's 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, was widely recognized as the year's best hip-hop recording.
"We were looking at the years of the different MCs, and we always felt like, 'man, we gotta get on there,'" Lamar told Sway. "We gotta at least get on the list, but to make it to number 1, that's a whole 'nother."