*MTV has installed Nicki Minaj at number 6 on their “hottest MC’s list.”

25-year-old Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tonya Maraj, is the network’s first female to be named to the  list, thanks to her lyrical ability, flow, commercial success and cultural impact, according to MTV.

Since her emergence, a bit of controversy was sparked when her image mocked that of Lil’ Kim’s. However, folks seem to like it on Minaj better.

Number 4 on the list is Drake, who told MTV News that Minaj was …

“one of, if not the most exciting rapper this year. Feature-wise, she’s on tracks with heavyweights killing; not holding her own, but killing. She’s controlling the radio.”

In case you’re wondering who’s on top of the list, that would be … surprise! … Eminem, whose recent “Recovery” album was judged a return to form by critics and has sold nearly three million copies in the United States.

Where’s Jay-Z you ask? He landed at number two followed by Kanye West, whose new CD “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Family” comes out in November. By the way, number 5 is Rick Ross.

Rounding out the top ten was Lil Wayne at No. 7 followed by Waka Flocka Flame, B.o.B and Ludacris.