Q-Tip Rips the GRAMMYs for ‘Thank You 4 Your Service’ Snub
"The last f*cking Tribe album and n****s don’t give us no f*cking nominations?"
Q-Tip slammed the GRAMMYs and The Recording Academy in a three-part rant posted to Instagram Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the official nominations for the 2018 awards were rolled out online.
Although this year’s nominees for the coveted “Album of the Year” category are hip hop-dominated and feature no white men for the first time ever, questions and scrutiny immediately began swirling on social media.
Has the Academy finally adapted to a hip hop-dominated world? Q-Tip isn’t trying to hear that talk. Heated because the final A Tribe Called Quest album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service did not receive any nominations, Tip aired the academy out.
“And y’all think it’s … ‘Cause no white man was nominated in no major categories?” Tip states. “We were the most black cultured group out. That’s all we stood on. That’s what we represented,” said Tip, speaking of Tribe and the We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service album. The project, released in November of 2016, drew universal acclaim, leading the group to perform selects from it on marquee television stages, including Saturday Night Live and, ironically, the 2017 GRAMMYs.
“This f*cking album that we just put out, this last Tribe album,” said Tip, placing extra emphasis on those last three words, “It stands with everybody else’s sh*t that’s up there. I don’t give a f*ck. Respect to everybody that’s nominated and all that, but whatever, I’m speaking for mine.”
“I’m sick of y’all f*cking Grammy niggas man. Y’all get us to get out there and perform this shit, and close this shit, and y’all don’t give us no f*ckin nominations?” asked the Tribe rapper/producer, who landed atop MASS APPEAL’s list of the best all-time rapper-producers in October.
Towards the end of the second video clip, Tip brings up 9th Wonder, suggesting that the Jamla Records founder reached out to him on behalf of the GRAMMYs. “What happened 9th? You f*ckin’ parlaying, and all this sh*t, you know what I’m saying? I got respect for 9th, that’s my man, he tried to get me to come out there and vote for some rap category for some new shit they doing. I ain’t do it, and we don’t get sh*t?”
9th is celebrating two Grammy nominations today by way of Jamla rapper Rapsody, who earned two nominations, including for “Best Rap Album” (Laila’s Wisdom).
In the final portion of his rant, Tip tells his followers and viewers that he’ll play host to more culturally appropriate content when his hip hop calendar fires up this winter at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where he’s been appointed the Artistic Director for Hip Hop. “Come down to the Kennedy Center in December, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to honor the GOAT LL, and give him his award and sh*t,” said Tip.
But make no mistake, that invitation didn’t come with a smile, either. “And none of y’all rappers don’t say shit. Motherf*cking right I’m hot. The last f*cking Tribe album and n****s don’t give us no f*cking nominations?”
Read more about what Tip aims to accomplish with his new role at the Kennedy Center here, and watch his rant unfold above.