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OK after hours and hours and hours of stressful closed-door by-myself meetings, YN has finally done it. Who’s hot, who’s not… MTV got the former and your boy got the latter. It’s a salute to the ones that don’t matter the most! We all know Weezy’s the fireman but who right now in hip-hop has a career that’s ice cold. That’s right, it’s YN’s Top 10 Coldest MC’s.

10. Eve
Yeah we all love the way she shakes that sexy thing, but pop tart tracks like “Tambourine” and collabos with Sean Paul just don’t cut it. The female rap game is in a state of emergency and Eve-o-lution is doin’ very little to change it. Shame on you, sistah.

9. Q-Tip
He’s a legend who just can’t seem to get a record out to save his life. Can’t say that “Work It Out” is burnin’ up on my computer speakers but I still got love for dude. Sylvia, let Kamaal go!

8. Lil Jon
Okaaay! He’s not really an MC but he’s still an artist for Crissakes. Didn’t we have his yellow ass in our Most Anticipated list? Yeah “I’m a J” is alright but that’s all you got. You’re long overdue buddy. Mr. Smith is goin’ out like Chappelle and his impersonation.

7. Young Buck
Duke defied his boss and tried to make peace with his enemies to sell some records. It didn’t work. And I can’t stand his “Let’s Get To The Money” chant. It only works as a hook to a Birdman and Birdman Jr. song. It can’t all be DJ Khaled’s fault.

6. Murphy Lee
Here’s an analogy: Memphis Bleek to Jay-Z equals Murphy Lee to Nelly. How’d you like to be Nelly Nel’s weed carrier? At least Ali gets to hang out with Big Gipp and bag freaky bitches. I’m sure Lee’s next project will get Bleek-ed when the boss decides to drop Brass Knuckles.

5. Paul Wall
White man can rap. White man can fall off. We’re all created equal.

4. Huey
Pop, lock and drop it. Watch my album flop it. Notebook Paper found few takers. Maybe he’s shittin’ on Nelly cuz he wants Murphy Lee’s spot. You must pay dues, doofy.

3. Pharoahe Monch
Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to Black folks except for Eddie Murphy. I watched that video once and I still want the three minutes back of my life that you took from me Mr. Jamerson. And after 8 years, that’s what you give us? Maybe one day your album will make sense.

2. Lil Flip
T.I. really Summer Jam-screened him and he still hasn’t recovered. Yeah you might have gotten Cassidy-ed by 50 too, but credit card schemes? What the peanut-butter-and-jellly, Robert Townsend shit is this?

1. Mike Jones
Who’s colder than an Ice Age chain? No one’s suffered from the hip-hop nation’s H-Town withdrawal more than Mr. Telephone Man. I said: No one’s suffered from the hip-hop nation’s H-Town withdrawal more than Mr. Telephone Man. Be clear homie: Dusty Rhodes is the American Dream and Lil Wayne murdered you on your own shit. Word to The Gremlins.

P.S. Um… Clyde Smith. Clyde Smith. Prohiphop.com. Prohiphop.com.
Prohiphop.com. You happy now? You got your attention. I spoke to an editor from Folio. Let’s hope I don’t get misquoted. Stay tuned sucker. And get Hashim “Hamburger Helper” Warren a job already.

  • yamothersbackshooter

    First

  • Intifada

    Pharoahe ain’t cold.

    He just matured and evolved his sound, and didn’t try to act out some stupid crap like the average rapper.

    Desire is one of the best to drop this year.

  • HNIC

    Funny post… that is all.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?cat=29 noz

    “Yeah “I’m a J” is alright but that’s all you got.”

    JUST ALRIGHT?!

    I QUIT.

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com JReese

    yo i feel this list dude but it shold have had more people like the flop i mean shop boyz, d4l, freeway, ja rule, man this list could go on and on good blog keep exposeing these ice cole mcs. lol

  • kaybee

    yes word to the gremlins wayne renegaded mike jones lol!!!!!!

  • Definition

    “Clyde Smith. Clyde Smith. Prohiphop.com. Prohiphop.com.
    Prohiphop.com. You happy now? You got your attention.”

    that shit reminds me of what Em said about XXL back in the MMLP days ahah shame on you.

  • HNIC

    Elliott, would you please make a post regarding how you climbed through the ranks to reach your current status as Editor in Chief of XXL?

    Not the fluff story, the real deal. So, that we all will know how we can get like you, someday… that would be greatly appreciated! I’m sure that it would make for a very interesting read!

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    No one asks me to share the story of how I got where I’m at. Hmm…

  • http://www.xxlmag.com King Ben

    Funny and true.

  • calibud

    This post is as accurate as it is great. Great fuckin post once again YN. Three niggas (minus 1) from Tx on this list. Im not sure I wouldnt add Slim Thug as an 11th member.
    I wouldnt be surprised to see TI and Jeezy on this list a few years from now. TI’s success reminds me of the Ma$e fad from ’96-’98 and Jeezy’s run can easily be compared to that of DMX’s. Jeezy did to crunk what X did to shiny suits. Remember when M-A Dolla and Dark Man was (albeit not simultaneously) bigger than Jigga? They both seem to fall off overnight it seems. Do not think it cant happen to TI or Jeezy the same way, if them niggas cant show growth from album to album and end up gettin stuck trying to make microwave music just a sell a mill, they’ll be next.

  • http://pitlanta.blogspot.com Maurice Garland

    Yeah, Pharoahe channeling Elvis, eh…wasn’t the best look, but I can appreciate his risktaking. Beyond that, DESIRE did make sense.

  • M@

    classic

  • FADE

    that elvis shit notwithstanding the only thing i disagree with is the pharoe shit

  • Cuban Link

    lmao, the Mike Jones Murhpy Lee ones were hilarious

    the Paul Wall one too, and word Little John fell off HARD.He was running the world, what happened?Snap Ya Fingers was pretty big too, I dont know why he never dropped Crunk Rock.

  • k0nfidence

    thank god, its finally said that dike jones is cold. he is cold trash. chamillionaire ended his career and now dike needs to give it up. good list noz.

    who? dike jones…who? dike jones

  • rawtune

    wayne did shit all over mike jones

    lmao
    word to the gremlins

  • Purple Hulk

    LOOKS LIKE THE FAG FINALLY CAME OUT OF HIDING, LISTEN HERE BITCH, DONT TALK SHIT ABOUT PHAROAHE MONCH, YOU KNOW DAMN WELL HE MAKES HIP HOP TO DAMN REAL FOR YOUR POP MAGAZINE TO TALK ABOUT, YOU COMMERCIAL PIECE OF SHIT.

  • DANJA29

    Ummm… is it me, or did Purple Hulk USE to write regular comments that made sense- and now he just bombards all of YN’s posts with stalker-like messages and crazy ranting? Like they got crazier and angrier thru the weeks and now he’s on the verge of insanity…

    I’d be afraid, Elliott- I think you got an obsessed fan on your hands. He stood out in the blistering cold for you for four hours and you just said no.

  • Ryan

    I can’t wait until Lil Wayne makes this list and only has some nipple tats to show for all his hard work and dedication to hip hop. Oh wait……………

  • http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com Rich Arte

    ^^^^@ Bol..because we all know you blew the editor in chief off XXL for your miniscule duties.

    Post was a good thought, not as thoro as it could be tho.
    Dr. Dre(detox anyone???)
    Freeway
    Llyod Banks
    D4L

  • ABC

    All New York’s Rapper!!!

  • BIZZLE

    ABC..IF YOU NOTICE MOST OF HIS TOP 10 COLD RAPPERS ARE EITHER FROM THE SOUTH OR MIDWEST…ITS NOT A FLUKE THESE SOUTHERN RAPPERS SUCK…WHAT OTHER REGION COULD HAVE MADE A LAFY TAFFY SONG…YOU DUDES SUCK…NAS AND JAY Z (EASTCOAST) ARE BETTER THAN ANY RAPPER FROM THE SOUTH PERIOD. ABC YOU’RE A LAME HOMO

  • BIZZLE

    PAUL WALL SUCKS…HES IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS VANILLA ICE TO ME…

  • Akexander Nut

    I’d agree with 75% of that, and naming and shaming the wack is definately a good thing. But c’mon Pharoahe is being creative and thinking outside that box, that should be respected. 50 Cent, Akon, Fat Joe… these are the people who give rap a bad name by consistently putting out the same out crap and selling to 12 white girls.
    Q-Tip,,, please.. you probably would have your job if it wasn’t for dude!
    More power to the individual, less to the corporate rap conglomerates.
    Peace.
    myspace.com/alexander_nut

  • MidEast

    This nigga taking shots at allhiphop.com? Did i miss something.

  • http://myhangover.wordpress.com/ Big Homie

    Great post YN. After MTV I was going to do a list of some MCs we could careless about, but my list would of been long. Cosigns your list though.

    LOL @ Mike Jones

  • Rizzop

    It seems like the south is slowing down alittle huh? Im still looking for that UGK though? Why is it that Kanye and 50 are the most anticipated albums? Wheres all the southern takeover? I hope ya’ll got more than a year in ya’ll. I had high hopes

  • http://bgdboom.blogspot.com Enigmatik

    Ain’t that Huey sitting right there on the front page of this site?

  • http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com Rich Arte

    Elliot…I’m pleading with you as a black man that is tired of being forcefed bullshit…PLEASE..give them the time of day. They are reaching out to your audience in a positive, direct, rhytmic tone and trying to educate the same people that our music is misleading.

    youtube black ice, tommy bottoms or better yet, click below.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD-UpHlB9no

  • Real Talk

    Yeah, you’re right, that Mr. Jones beat belongs to Weezy now. and I even liked the original and the Video was actually really really tight. But after I heard wayne tear it apart like that I never listened to the original again.

    Same thing for upgrade U. when it comes on all I hear is Lil Wayne’s voice in the back of my head (NH).

  • CASHMONEY

    ja rule should at least be a top 5 on this, after all that anti-murder inc shit from g-unit over the years he has no respect, especially in ny. his new shit with weezy ‘uh oh’ is a last attempt of a desperate man to sell records with an artist(i.e. weezy) whos on top of his game. as 50 so eloquently put it “this is the flow right here that fucked up jeffries career.”

  • xoxo

    PLEASE. pharoahe was some of the hottest shit at rock the bells. clearly you don’t get out much.

  • bbegrl

    you’re wilin on eve and pharoahe – there’s plenty others that belong on here before them. and especially with pharoahe, body baby was just a wack choice to put out maybe, but the album is fire. same with eve really.

  • http://sladewilson.efx2.com Slade Wilson

    Replace Monch with Memphis Bleek and the list is classic.

  • bbrolic

    Finally a post thats true and makes sense! YN u really need to fire Bol and tighten Billy Sunday up a little bit and you need to blog more. I know your busy with the mag but u gotta get some legitimate writers like bezo on here. Because these 50 cent an hour freelancers suck!

  • FMJ

    Thank God someone feels the same about Mike Jones as I do! I just can’t feel validated in my opinions unless some yellow nigga backs me up!

    Fuck Mike Jones

  • Nor Cal Mufuckas

    XXL has the worst bloggers ever. You dont know shit if you think Desire wasnt one of the best albums so far this year and you think Weezy is hot. I will never understand what people like about that burnt to crisp ass little faggot. Most annoying flow EVER. No talent he just talks. And you cant ryhme the same words so much. Its cool once or twice on an album maybe.

  • DANJA29

    I don’t recall YN saying Pharoahe’s album sucked… he said that fukkin’ Elvis-type video Monch came out with sucked, and it did.

  • b-ease

    finally a post that is the perfect vehicle for what you do best…shit on people. i remember when your editorials were the best part of XXL the magazine (and thats not to say the mag wasnt dope) and this reminded me of them.

  • grp 03

    word to the gremlins is right

  • Nor Cal Mufuckas

    Danja get off YNs ball sack. If he liked it why did he say he was cold, because of a video. Its amazing how much you can hate someone without ever meeting or seeing their face. Faggots, all y’all.

  • Purple Hulk

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    BIZZLE Says:

    August 1st, 2007 at 8:41 am

    ABC..IF YOU NOTICE MOST OF HIS TOP 10 COLD RAPPERS ARE EITHER FROM THE SOUTH OR MIDWEST…ITS NOT A FLUKE THESE SOUTHERN RAPPERS SUCK…WHAT OTHER REGION COULD HAVE MADE A LAFY TAFFY SONG…YOU DUDES SUCK…NAS AND JAY Z (EASTCOAST) ARE BETTER THAN ANY RAPPER FROM THE SOUTH PERIOD. ABC YOU’RE A LAME HOMO

    ITS BECAUSE HE LIVES IN NY, HES A PUSSY THAT DOESNT WANT ANYBODY MAD AT HIM, HE GOT PUNKED BY BENZINO.

  • ClickEmpty

    this list is totally flawed because no one on it was ever any good to begin with, with the exception of pharaoahe, tip, and maye eve. pharaoahe isn’t cold, tip is practically retired, and eve’s moved on. as an aside, my girlfriend glanced at the wayne/baby cover and asked me if i had purchased gay porn. who gives a fuck about any of these artists? i hate myself.

  • missy

    what chingy couldn’t make the list before eve? or does he just not even count?

    master p? LIL ZANE? hahahahahaha it’s maddd dudes who deserve to be on there before eve!

  • http://www.rapspot.dk K-V

    Pharoahe should never had been on that list. Credibility gone…

  • EReal

    Mike Jones is the shitties rapper mang, Im so glad he flopped. Paul Wall can actually spit if you listen to his flow on “Im throwed” he actually raps better than alot of these trash rappers, but Texas’s time is up, If Wall knew what was good for em he’d beg Chamill to take his white ass back. Forealz.

    Young Buck?

  • Carlito Bragonti

    All those rappers on the list will never have another hit considering that hip hop is in a slump. It seems once some of these rappers become actors(heeheeheehehe.. you gotta laugh at that one….because they all actin like they hard) they some how become better than hip hop. EvE tryin to come back but no body wants her. Q-tip is a wrap. Legend or no legend….please stop while we still got a little love for you Q. Flip been done. Nigga aint even got enough money on his credit cards….bum ass nigga. Paul Wall aint gettin love because he sound to black for white people. They just want their Eminem. That white boy rap about what they know about…..and that is killing their girlfriends. Paul just raps about the streets and grills. Eminem aint never been in the streets like that. Trailer park trash ass nigga….with a whore for an ex wife. Oh yeah why you aint put Chingy in the mix…..that nigga a bum too

  • Glaciers Of Ice

    Good read. But, Pharoahe Monch should have a spot on the Hottest Emcees In The Game list on creativity alone. You trash the Elvis-joke, but the gun video “When The Gun Draws” was prolly the realest video out this year. Hands down, my favorite rapper right now is mr. Monch.

  • KFrizzle

    I like how you tried to clown prohiphop.com the same way eminem sonned your bitch ass on Marshall Mathers…AWW FUCK IT, I’LL EVEN BUY A COUPLE MYSELF

  • Purple Hulk

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    DANJA29 Says:

    August 1st, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    I don’t recall YN saying Pharoahe’s album sucked… he said that fukkin’ Elvis-type video Monch came out with sucked, and it did.

    HE DID, I REMEMBER. HE SAID TIS ALBUM IS GONNA END UP BEING ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

  • kevin

    maybe you are right about your list… but can you answer me, what the f%$# happend to your magazine bro…. it used to be for the people, it used to be tight wtf ????

  • Soledad Brother

    Pharoah new album is good. Q-tip will always be one of hip-hop greats. Everyone else does not deserve to ever be considered hot. Seriously Lil’ Jon is the modern day LIl’ Sambo.

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