If The Grammys Knew A Single Thing About Rap

What the rap Grammy nominations should have looked like.

Here’s a not so secret industry secret: The Grammys have absolutely no grasp on modern rap music and habitually nominate the wrong acts. When Will Smith won the first rap Grammy in 1998, he didn’t even show up to accept the award. The show had been sleeping too long on the genre, the damage of a cold shoulder done. Fast forward and The Grammys are still fuckin’ up. In 2012, they neglected to nominate Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Album of the Year, what many hold as a masterpiece from a hip hop virtuoso.

Take one look at this year’s nominations and it’s clear the same fuckery is still going on. If you took The Grammys’ word for it, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, and Drake had the only albums that mattered. It’s as if whoever drew these up got their rap cues from dads who listen to Z100, or asked Ryan Seacrest what the kids are listening to.

Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which, let’s be honest, is a mixed bag with Jay Z too often following trends rather than creating them, comes through with two (TWO!) nominations in the Best Rap/Sung collaboration category. The notion that The Grammys are utterly clueless when it comes to rap continues to perpetuate itself, so we’re here to set the record straight. You can peep the actual nominees here (refrain from doing so immediately after sipping) and our list below, with a few added categories that we’d implement should a clinically insane person allow us to fix run the show.

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  • isaac

    I don’t get the hype around the ‘Control’ verse. Compared to the old days it’s hardly a major call out, do people remember the Tim Dog – West Coast saga?!

  • Kevin///Cortez

    I don’t really see it as a callout. I see it as more of a “I own this shit, back the fuck off,” to anyone who raps or who thinks they can compete with Lamar. I think it works. I mean, rapping is a sport and you’re trying to be top dog. A lot of people can name drop other rappers and talk shit (IE, The Game), but not a lot of people can talk shit and have the people he name-dropped NOT be mad at it.

    I don’t think anyone can really touch what Lamar’s been doing and continuously puts out, rapping wise. Not many people can spit better or create concepts as creative great as him. Not anyone who named created a better album, either.

    I’m not saying he’s the GOAT, but I’m not mad he got on the mic, spit some hard ass bars, name-dropped a few dudes who rap, and left the booth. A lot of people aren’t mad.

  • Froinlaven

    Preach Mass Appeal. Preach.

  • Why do people care about what the Grammys thinks? If we know it’s not credible then what difference does it make?