By: Tim Van Duyne
The 56th edition of the Grammys was this past Sunday and it was filled with big names and great performances. Many viewers and hip-hop fans were upset that Kendrick Lamar got snubbed when he took home zero golden sippy-cups.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the Rap awards, winning Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and, the big one, Best Rap Album. Kendrick was nominated for seven Grammys, three of which were up against Macklemore.
My problem with Macklemore winning the Grammy for Best Rap Album is simply because Good Kid, m.A.A.d City was a much better RAP album than The Heist.
In GKMC, Kendrick told his life story from around the age of 16 to close to present day. This was a classic album, in the sense that from track 1 to track 15 there was a chronological story. The album was filled with good beats and sophisticated, deep lyrics. Kendrick’s delivery of his raps is very clear, and he showcased his rapping skills during his Grammy performance with the rock band Imagine Dragons.
Lamar didn’t have as many hit songs as Macklemore, but most of Kendrick’s songs were different from today’s rap music. A lot of his songs were deeper than what some might have taken away at face value. He rapped about going against today’s cultural norms. He didn’t glorify making money, selling dope, or mistreating women, which is heard all too often in today’s rap. His rap’s were culturally conscious and were intertwined with religion, something that is rarely seen in hip-hop.
The album had a few hits, including Swimming Pools, Poetic Justice ft. Drake and B*tch don’t Kill My Vibe. Dr. Dre was featured on two tracks where the two boast about their city of Compton. But GKMC had no where near the radio play as The Heist.
Don’t get me wrong, The Heist was a really good album. I don’t want to disrespect Macklemore by saying he isn’t a rapper, because he does rap on this album. But his writing and rhyming schemes are nowhere close to Kendrick’s.
Macklemore deserved a lot of credit for The Heist, but even he said that he robbed Kendrick in the category of Best Rap Album.
“You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and it sucks that I robbed you.” Macklemore said to Kendrick via a text.
Kendrick did give props to Macklemore in an interview with hip-hop magazine XXL.
“It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.” Kendrick said in response to not winning any Grammys.
So both rappers seem to be cool with each other, for now. But as the rap universe found out this year when Kendrick dropped his verse on Control, he’s trying to murder everyone in the rap game.
So watch out Macklemore. You’re for sure on Kendrick’s radar now.