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While BET makes some dubious lists of their own, MTV kick starts their annual list of Hottest MCs in the Game. Before anyone starts asking here’s who already didn’t make the cut: Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane (#6 last year), Lloyd Banks, Bun B & Fabolous (#8 last year). Now at #10 is a first time entrant into the list: Ludacris.

In March, Ludacris released his seventh album, Battle of the Sexes, and without seeming to try much at all, he made the case for why he should be a candidate for the 2010 Hottest MC in the Game.

Sexes tackles male/female dynamics and brings onboard some high-profile femcees, including Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim. The certified-gold record debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart and spawned three bona fide hits — “How Low,” “My Chick Bad” and “Sex Room” — that each broke the top 5 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.

Where Luda really shined this year, though, was in his collaborations. He was featured on Justin Bieber’s smash “Baby,” which gave the teenybopper some street cred while also giving Luda a huge look at Top 40 radio. The video for “Baby” is the most viewed in the history of YouTube. If that wasn’t enough, ‘Cris jumped on the U.S. version of Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart,” and turned what was already a smash in the U.K. into one of the biggest songs of the summer in the States. But Luda kept it hip-hop, too, jumping on DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” which had everybody’s hands going up, to the tune of more than a million singles sold.