Young Money’s Drake has offered an interesting take on fellow hip-hop artist Macklemore apologizing to Kendrick Lamar over winning “Best Rap Album” at last month’s Grammy Awards in the new issue of Rolling Stone.
In Drizzy’s opinion, Macklemore should feel no shame in dominating the Grammy Awards’ hip-hop categories.
To put it bluntly, he thought “that sh*t was wack as f*ck.” “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,'” he tells us. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?” (Rolling Stone)
The mega rap star also said people should accept this year’s winners whether right or wrong.
Drake notes that Grammy wins don’t always go to the artist who made the best album. “This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your sh*t.” And in the end, if Macklemore was going to start doling out apologies, he should have reached out to more nominees, Drake says. “To name just Kendrick? That sh*t made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!” (Rolling Stone)
On an ESPN broadcast last month, Def Jam’s Fabolous acknowledged Macklemore as a great musician and noted the Grammys had unusual politics when it came to choosing its winners.
“I wouldn’t say he’s overrated. I think he’s a good artist. I think he makes great music. And he’s one of the new artists that’s came in on the independent wave. So, I think he’s definitely done a lot for that whole wave too as well. So, I think he’s a good artist,” Fab said in an interview. “I think he’s more commercial and it fits in the kind of music that the Grammys celebrates and is looking for. There’s guys who’ve had tremendous success who’ve never won Grammys. 50 Cent has sold millions and millions of records, he’s not a Grammy winner because of maybe his style of music or whatever. But I think Macklemore fits in there.” (ESPN)
Instead of complaining, K. Dot recently congratulated fellow hip-hop artist Mack for dominating the Grammys.
“It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man,” Kendrick said. “He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.” While Kendrick may have grounds to feel snubbed, he’s hardly the first rapper to come up empty; hip-hop legends such as Snoop Dogg and Nas have been snubbed numerous times. “I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre,” Kendrick said when asked if he thought the Grammys undervalued hip-hop (XXL Mag)
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