GRAMMYs BEST RAP CATEGORIES
So I’ll admit, I’m NOT on it when it comes to the RAP categories. I haven’t bought a whole rap album since, IDK, Kanye West’s Late Registration (and I’m pretty sure I didn’t even buy the COMPLETE album). So aside from the occasional single that I overhear on my pop station or my morning drive into work (when I didn’t live 5 min away). So I’ll admit, I’m not to up on the rap category, but I have heard all of the nominees for BEST RAP PERFORMANCE and I have at the very least heard a good bit of all the albums nominated for BEST RAP ALBUM. So take what I say with a grain of salt. I KNOW nothing…
So first up: BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
Nominees are Drake – Started From The Bottom, Eminem – Berserk, Jay Z – Tom Ford, Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank), Mackelmore & Lewis – Thriftshop.
The only song I haven’t actually heard is “Berserk” by Eminem. Unlike in the past, none of Eminem’s songs have grabbed my attention lately, I kinda like “Monster” with Rihanna, but still, it’s not “Love The Way You Lie”… so…bleh. I admit, I’ve only heard Kendrick Lamar when I’m changing stations from the Urban Contemporary station to one of the Pop stations. But I know people LOVE Kendrick Lamar, and I know that the critics LOVE Kendrick Lamar as much as the music fans do. I won’t even lie, I like the melody/beat for “Tom Ford” since the beginning. Of all the whole song list of “Magna Carta”, I only really like and remember “Tom Ford”. “Holy Grail” is just a throw-away joint I think used because Jay z was on JT’s 20/20 album for “Suit and Tie” and feeling like it was a “contractual” obligation than some big time collabo. Finally, there is “Thriftshop” by Macklemore and Lewis is def a pop hit, and catchy as hell and yes Macklemore is a rapper, but in this field and with these RAP heavyweights, Macklemore just seems as flaky as cotton candy to me and this award should go to a true RAP performing MC, but I can actually see Macklemore winning this one, but my personal pick is “Tom Ford”, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kendrick Lamar.
Next up: BEST RAP ALBUM
Nominees: Drake – Nothing Was The Same, Jay Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Macklemore & Lewis – The Heist, Kanye West – Yeezus.
I’ll be completely honest here, I could care less who wins this, but I’ll admit to being a little peeved if Macklemore wins this award above Kendrick Lamar or Drake or even Kanye West. Yes Macklemore had a great year, but the BEST RAP ALBUM …naw, I just don’t see it. My pic would be one of the three I mentioned, but I totally wouldn’t put it past the Academy to vote for Macklemore for the “message” of his music.
So what say you peeps, who are you looking forward to winning in the RAP categories? Who are you mad wasn’t nominated, who do you absolutely hope doesn’t win…