Movement Festival’s Nas and 2 Chainz make MTV’s Hottest MCs list!
UPDATE: Live Nation and Niche Productions regret to advise that it has become necessary to cancel the inaugural Movement Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth next week.
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If you were on the fence about heading along to Movement Festival in April then we’re here to tell you to jump down immediately and get your a** to the ticket office. Why? Because both Nas and 2 Chainz have landed themselves in MTV US’ ‘Hottest MCs in the Game VIII’ list and in just under a month YOU have the chance to see them both live!
And let it be known that this is not an easy list to crack either. An MC could be as lyrical as Jay-Z or have swag like Kanye but unless they hit certain criteria, they ain’t making this countdown. The list, compiled by MTV, judges on factors including cultural impact, lyrics, social buzz, style and immeasurable star quality and unless an MC has it all, they can forget about being named one of the hottest.
2 Chainz made the leap from an honourable mention last year, to nabbing the number two ranking on this year’s list. While the rapper’s debut album ‘Based on a T.R.U. Story,’ didn’t drop until last August, the star was impossible to miss in 2012 – dropping a now-famous verse on G.O.O.D. Music’s ‘Mercy,’ hitting the strip club with Nicki Minaj on ‘Beez in the Trap’ and even commanding a surprise appearance from Kanye West and Big Sean at SXSW.
Despite being a veteran in the hip-hop game, this is the first year that rapper Nas has made it onto the ‘Hottest MCs’ list – coming in this year just behind 2 Chainz and Rick Ross in the number four spot.
Back in 1994, Nas vividly captured the angst of New York City’s youth with his album ‘Illmatic,’ but on last year’s ‘Life is Good,’ he tackled more mature topics like his divorce from R&B star Kelis and his recent troubles with the tax man – and he did it with the carefully crafted rhymes and banging beats he’s become renowned for.
“Quite often we pay attention to the youth, but what about the people that actually grew up on hip-hop that now feel so disconnected,” said MTV News Senior Hip-Hop writer Rob Markman.
“Nas says, ‘You know what, I can still cater to you guys 30 and up, 40 and up and you don't have to listen to the oldies station no more.’”
So what are you waiting for? Check out Nas and 2 Chainz for yourself at Movement Festival this April!
Written by Lucy Slight