Ladies and gentlemen, you may address him as King Kendrick Lamar — officially. In agreement with the general consensus, MTV have crowned the Compton kid the Hottest MC in the Game. In the proverbial toss-up for second place between Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, it’s Tity Boi who’s claimed his place on the podium (you know where the phone is, Weezy).

Incredibly, this is both rapper’s debut appearance on the list, but their impact in the last 12 months has been undeniable. Kendrick released the potentially era-defining good kid, m.A.A.d city to both overwhelming critical and commercial success, toured the world and emerged as one of the most humble, likeable (and not forgetting lyrically-gifted) guys in the game.

2 Chainz, meanwhile, flourished under his new moniker on the big stage, topping the Billboard 200 with his debut solo album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, which boasted two of the hottest records of the year with “No Lie” and “Birthday Song.” Oh, and then there’s his verse on G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy.”

Debates aside, congratulations are in order for both Kendrick and 2 Chainz.

UPDATE: Watch the roundtable discussion plus a special live performance from Kendrick after the jump…

Check out the full Hottest MCs list after the jump…

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To commemorate his new title, Kendrick gave a live performance of “Poetic Justice”:

MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game:

1. Kendrick Lamar
2. 2 Chainz
3. Rick Ross
4. Nas
5. Drake
6. Big Sean
7. Kanye West
8. A$AP Rocky
9. Future
10. Meek Mill

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