Quick Review: Hip-Hop at the Grammy’s

Just in case you missed the GRAMMY’S like me last night, I wanted to highlight the few spots where Hip-Hop was recognized. Why didn’t I watch the Grammy Awards? Two reasons; award shows don’t mean as much as they used to and the voting system is flawed AND I was recording for my local sports talk show. So, there you have it; let’s move forward.

Chance and Drake were the only two award winners in the Hip-Hop category, but both took home multiple Grammy’s.


  • Best New Artist
    • Competition:
      • The Chainsmokers (they’re okay)
      • Anderson .Paak (closest to beating Chance IMO)
      • Maren Morris (up-and-coming country star)
      • Kelsea Ballerini (bubble gum pop-country, no thank you)
    • If Chance didn’t win this, a riot should have started.
  • Best Rap Performance (“No Problem” feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
    • Competition:
      • “Panda” – Desiigner (please God no)
      • “Pop Style” – Drake feat. The Throne (ehh, not Drake’s best)
      • “All the Way Up” – Fat Joe and Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infrared (my roommate loves this song, so ehhh)
      • “THat Part” – ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West (closest to edging out Chance)
    • “THat Part” was the only rival I saw here. Close, but not really.
  • Best Rap Album (Coloring Book)
    • Competition:
      • DJ Khaled – Major Key (close, but no cigar)
      • De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody… (probably not, fam)
      • Drake – Views (underrated, but still not deserving)
      • ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP (lacked the attention of most other majors in this category)
      • Kanye West – The Life of Pablo (not Ye’s best)
    • This album stands a tier above the rest. Coloring Book was just too good.



  • Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Hotline Bling”)
    • Competition:
      • “Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (honestly didn’t hear it)
      • “Broccoli” – D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Whatever (get exposed standin’ next to 6’4″ rappers)
      • “Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West feat. Chance, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream (not as catchy as Hotline)
      • “Famous” – Kanye West feat. Rihanna (not better than Ultralight Beam)
    • No surprises here; “Hotline Bling” dominated radio, streaming, and media and sustained through the release of Views
  • Best Rap Song (“Hotline Bling”)
    • Competition:
      • “All the Way Up” – Fat Joe and Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infrared (still a no for me)
      • “Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West feat. Chance, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream (should have edged “Hotline Bling” IMO)
      • “Famous” – Kanye West feat. Rihanna (still not better than Ultralight Beam)
      • “No Problem” – Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz (maybe more rap than “Hotline”, but it already won once so it had its day)
    •  Though I see how this song destroyed competition on social media, radio, and streaming, I don’t see where it qualifies as rap when standing next to the above. It was just too big to ignore, I guess. It’s worthy.

So there you go, Drake takes home 2, Chance 3, and Hip-Hop 5. Not too bad. If you’re still not satisfied, I guess you can take it up with the voters. Good luck! @ me if you need help though, I’m down.

– @JC_Carroll_7

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