Rap veteran Busta Rhymes has stepped forward to speak out in support of artists like Kanye West and Drake deserving to earn more Grammy Awards nominations for the strong years they both experienced.
In Busta’s opinion, Kanye’s Yeezus album pushed the music industry boundaries and should have received more praise from a nominees standpoint.
“I’m happy for Kendrick. I really believe he deserves his seven nominations, man. I’m happy for Jay Z. I think he deserves his nine nominations. I think Drake should have got more nominations and I think Kanye should have got more nominations because, I think especially Kanye, he made a brave album. I’m a fan of the dude. I think he could really rap. I just think that overall, the nominations for the Grammys was powerful.” (“The Rickey Smiley Show”)
In a mini-rant, Mr. West recently questioned why his summer release could have been embraced by so many music critics but only receive two nods.
Where’s the Grammy love for Kanye?! At least that’s what the egotistcal rapper is asking. West performed in Phoenix Tuesday night, and during one of his onstage rants, the artist complained about only receiving two Grammy nominations this year-one for Best Rap Album, and the other for Best Rap Song. A paranoid West complained to the audience”And Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list but only gets two nominations from the Grammys. What are they trying to say?” I don’t know Kanye-maybe there’s a massive anti-Kanye movement going on or something. Seriously, bro, relax! (RumorFix)
Kanye’s Yeezus dominated TIME’s Top 10 list at number one.
1. Yeezus – Kanye West 2. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend 3. mbv – My Bloody Valentine 4. Who Is William Onyeabor? – William Onyeabor 5. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case 6. Electricity by Candlelight – Alex Chilton 7. Cut 4 Me – Kelela 8. The Electric Lady – Janelle Monáe 9. Mole City – Quasi 10. Matangi – M.I.A. (TIME)
The rap star’s latest solo offering also sits at number one on Entertainment Weekly’s list.
1. Yeezus – Kanye West 2. Nothing Was the Same – Drake 3. Bangerz – Miley Cyrus 4. Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves 5. Kiss Land – The Weeknd 6. Paramore – Paramore 7. Hummingbird – Local Natives 8. My Name Is My Name – Pusha T 9. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend 10. Doris – Earl Sweatshirt (Entertainment Weekly)
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