Paterson sent MTV an e-mail cheering its selection of the rapper as the #1 Hottest MC of 2009 on Monday night, praising Jay-Z as "not only an outstanding hip-hop artist, but a dedicated philanthropist as well."
"I can personally attest to his commitment to New York and the impact on New Yorkers of all ages," the e-mail continued. "He is definitely deserving of the top MC of 2009 title."
The governor, who attended a Jay-Z benefit concert at Madison Square Garden last month, has recently been fixated on MTV's annual MC ranking. A few weeks before the rankings came out, he gave his personal criteria for what he thought made a hot MC.
"I think these days, since hip-hop is now nearly 30 years old, that it's the creativity," he said. "There are too many people who think you become successful by mimicking what others have done, and I think every performer starts out with a favorite, but it's those people who blaze new trails that I think are the MCs of the future.
"I also think that the MC that figures out that people 18 and older -- who got the right to vote in 1972 never exercised it till 2008 -- there's a real culture for discussing how our government works and how our society works," he added. "The MC who could blaze that trail and find a creative way of displaying it will be the MC of the next decade."
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