T.I. has been named the 10th Hottest MC in the game right now, according to MTV News. The network kicked off their 2008 edition of their roundtable discussion “Hottest MCs” by teasing the number 10 spot online.
The show, which will rank rappers one through 10, debuts this Friday at 10pm on MTV. Tip pulls in at a number 10 ranking despite having not released much material. The rapper and rising actor also suffered through legal battles, notably his arrest for purchasing illegal firearms. T.I. is a convicted felon and under Georgia state law is not permitted to purchase guns.
Despite his ordeals, T.I. was able to notch the last spot, slipping in where Jim Jones landed last year, surprising many.”Hurt,” from his T.I. vs T.I.P, was still on the radar and the rapper’s first single from the forthcoming Paper Trail, “No Matter What” leaked just in time to help T.I.’s case. T.I.’s vested interest in the Web site streetcred.com and his verses to remixes by Rocko (“Umma Do Me”) and Lupe Fiasco (“Superstar”) also boosted his appeal. -Rodrigo Lopez