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The Grammys Still Hate Hip Hop & Always Will

Hip Hop fans have felt shafted by the Recording Academy for consistently snubbing Hip Hop artists from winning in major categories. It’s been 30 years since they began to allow space for rap at this award show, and the beginning of that added space was a struggle with a boycott by Hip Hop’s elite in 1989.

There has always been a question mark about why rappers aren’t placed among the likes of Bruno Mars, Adele, Michael Jackson and Carlos Santana, who have swept the awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year in past ceremonies. Despite Kanye West, Drake, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Eminem’s combined 78 Grammy wins, none of them have won the most coveted honors.

Additionally, it’s been 19 years since Lauryn Hill swept the Grammys with eight wins, including Album of the Year, for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. And the last time a rap album won Album of the Year was Outkast’s diamond-selling Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004. It’s worth noting that the majority of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the second half of Outkast’s masterpiece LP consisted of R&B songs too.

So let’s just let’s concede, once and for all — the Grammys will never consistently honor authentic Hip Hop music in its top echelon of awards. If you are seeking validation as a fan by the Recording Academy to exalt your favorite Rap artists, you might as well say that Santa Claus is real with your fingers crossed.

With eight Grammy nominations, and the awards show being held in his hometown, many people anticipated that it would be a ceremonious Kingdom Come for JAY-Z. He got tons of advertising in TV commercials to promote the Grammys, ample airtime in his sit-down with CNN’s Van Jones to discuss politics (as usual) and sat in the front row with his Queen Bey and Blue Ivy looking as regal as they are at the show. Although Hov left Madison Square Garden empty-handed, just like his wife did in 2015 for her Album of the Year-nominated Beyonceand in 2017 with Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar fulfilled his self-dubbed “King of New York” title for the evening by sweeping the five awards in his “control” for his double-platinum classic DAMN., but came away empty-handed in the marquee categories.

It was a familiar scene for Lamar. In 2016, he led the pack with 11 nominations for his politically reflective To Pimp A Butterfly and only went home with four from the Rap categories,being bested by Taylor Swift’s 1989 for Album of the Year. The same happened to him in 2014 when good kid, m.A.A.d city was beat by Daft Punk’s retro-seventies funk album Random Access Memories. And on that same night, pop-friendly white privilege apologistMacklemore won for Best Rap Album with The Heist over Lamar, which Macklemore famously admitted he didn’t deserve it.

“Grammy night, damn right we got dressed up,” yet Kanye, Kendrick and JAY-Z have never won Album Of The Year or Song Of The Year.

This year, pop music giant Bruno Mars was stiff competition for JAY-Z, Lamar and Childish Gambino. Rooting against Bruno Mars was like rooting against the New England Patriots — you can look at the score and feel confident that your team’s percentage to take home the hardware has increased by the minute, but in the final seconds when it really counts, you end up in disbelief that your team didn’t nab the trophy.

With JAY-Z addressing race relations and black economic empowerment in “The Story of O.J.” on his magnum opus 4:44, Lamar’s soulful allegories on DAMN., Childish Gambino’s urgent hook to “stay woke” in “Redbone” and Logic’s poignant chart-topper “1-800-273-8255” about bullying and suicide losing to Mars, Hip Hop continued being left outside the door before the Grammy parties officially end.

History proves the Recording Academy can’t do right by Hip Hop and has continued to keep rap contained in its corner. There’s the glaring absence of A Tribe Called Quest from the nominations for their politically driven comeback album We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service. The iconic group closed the 2017 Grammy Awards, urging the audience to resist the oppression from Donald Trump. But not giving them even a single Grammy nod this year was quite remiss by the Recording Academy.

Similar to Q-Tip’s earnest question to 9th Wonder in his Instagram video about the ATCQ snubs, Hip Hop is stuck asking “what happened” by the end of the Grammys regarding the other artists. Pop singer Alessia Cara (even though she released her album Know-It-Allwaayyyy back in 2015) beat the favorites Lil Uzi Vert, SZA or Khalid despite their emergence outside of the Rap and R&B realms into the pop stratosphere in 2017.

After the 45 years that Hip Hop has been in existence, it remains the underdog at the Grammys looking for firsts. Hip Hop had a lot to ride high on going into this year’s Grammy showcase located in Hip Hop’s birthplace. But like Pavlov’s Experiment, the Recording Academy’s voting committee wags Hip Hop’s collective tail when they ring the bell every year with a myriad of nominations of Rap artists. But, once again, Hip Hop’s collective conscience received a Dave Chappelle-style “SIIIIKE!” from the Recording Academy for the most prestigious categories.

The Grammy Awards is where the old guard of the music business comes together with contemporaries. Unlike the shortage of female representation in the major categories, which longtime Recording Academy president Neil Portnow addressed and later apologized for his tone deaf statement about women needing to “step up,” he didn’t feel the need to explain the Hip Hop snubs for the Grammy’s most prestigious categories.

It seems that nominations are equated as a mere stamp of approval by the Recording Academy, but that’s not enough, and it never will be. As Chappelle stated during Lamar and U2’s performance to open the show, “the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America” and the Academy seems afraid.

A Timeline Of Historic Hip Hop Firsts At The Grammy Awards

It’s hard to overlook the lack of awards given to Kanye’s paradigm-shifting albums, such as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, or in 2000 when Dr. Dre got Producer of the Year honors but didn’t get a nod for star-studded Chronic 2001. How about 50 Cent not getting a Grammy for “In Da Club” or losing in 2004 to goth rock short timers Evanescence? There must be a double standard when it comes to Hip Hop artists versus traditional pop artists.

With Kanye West not at 2018’s ceremony and Drake boycotting it, perhaps “it’s too hard to have the balanced show” that Neil Portnow and company were hoping to have. Honoring Hip Hop in their major categories might result in “scary hours” from right-wing conservatives or fiery call-back tweets from Trump, in the aftermath.

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New Orleans Veteran DJ Spin is that Guy

New Orleans veteran DJ Spin and influential Los Angeles DJ/producer Whiiite have enlisted Lil Wayne for a future bass heater, “Til She Lose Her Voice.” The x-rated track, which features hard-hitting drums, modern synths, and a catchy melody, is unlike anything Weezy has done before.

DJ SPIN has been producing since he was 16. He has produced tracks for #BG, #Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Cash Money Records, #Currency, #PharrellWilliams, #Mystikal, #Ludacris, #DavidBanner #SouljaSlim, #ChrisThomasKing & 21C-B-Boyz’ and arranged the music for (the dance part of) the Britney Spears Circus Tour,

He has toured with #Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King. In 2002 Spin performed with Chris (at Radio City Music Hall) at Martin Scorsese’s 'Year Of The Blues' Concert, and according to the British magazine MOJO, DJ Spin most memorable moment was the sampling of House’s (death-chant) John the Revelator, while Chris Thomas King (O Brother, Where art Thou?) delivered a smooth, blazing performance.

DJ SPIN regularly opens for the House of Blues concerts. He has been requested to open for Busta Rhymes, #Nas, #Ludacris, #LilWayne, #MethodMan, #KEM, #PepsiSmash, DJ Scratch Academy, State Farm, and #MTV2 and for the last five years when #SnoopDogg comes to #NewOrleans he would request that #DJSpin open for his shows at the House of Blues.

DJ spin hosts his show The Spin Cycle in #nola on #KNOU Hot 104.5 FM twice a week and also spins #Electro, #house, #FunkyBreaks, #HipHop, #Indie, #RnB, #Rock etc. He is also working with #DJCraze & DJ A-Trak of the #Allies. 
NOW, if that ain't a #hotboy, then #whatdoucallthat..Mi

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It was on October 31st that Chris Brown dropped off his Heartbreak On A Full Moon double-disc effort, a hefty project that features 40 cuts, a fact that according to T-Pain makes it so easy to love. “There’s enough to pick from,” he explained in a recent interview with Rap-Up, reasoning why Breezy’s eighth studio album was his favorite outing of the year. “You’re gonna like most of that album, but even if you don’t like most of the album, you’re gonna like an album’s worth of that album. There’s for sure 12 songs on there that you’ll like.

You can’t go wrong. You cannot like a big chunk of 45 songs. You’re gonna like an album’s worth of it so there’s no way to lose on that album. There’s no way to not like that album. Heartbreak On A Full Moon proved to pull its own weight, having earned a Gold certification and peaking at the Number 3 slot on the Billboard Hot 200 charts.

On the track listing, you’ll find that previously-released singles such as “Party” and “Privacy” have also earned Brown an additional Platinum plaque or two. As for T-Pain, he went on to say that he’d be looking forward to making a few waves in 2018 as he prepares to unleash tricks tucked up his sleeve, including the long-awaited Stoicville: The Phoenix effort. “Stoicville is like a passion project for me,” he relayed. “I didn’t put out Stoicville because the label wouldn’t have treated it right.” Now that the hitmaker’s time with RCA is up, the sky’s certainly the limit on what awaits the T-Pain hive in the new year.

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Out now, stream 21 Savage & Offset's new joint album "Without Warning," produced entirely by Metro Boomin.

Happy Halloween y’all! Just hours after finding out about its release, Offset21 Savage, and Metro Boomin decide to keep their word & join forces for a new surprise album called Without Warning.

RELATED21 Savage Flies An Actual Plane In New Video

Epic Records first announced the project Monday evening, tweeting out…“@21savage x @OffsetYRN x @MetroBoomin NEW ALBUM #WITHOUTWARNING, tonight midnight!”

Laced with 10 tracks in total, the project features two guest appearances from Quavo & Travis Scott, the latter of which appears on the intro track "Ghostface Killers." Meanwhile production is presumably handled entirely by Metro Boomin of course.

The project surfaces at a fitting time for the ATL trio, who are all having monstrous years in 2017. Metro Boomin dropped Perfect Timingwith Nav shortly after announcing his new label, Boominati Worldwide back in July. Meanwhile, 21 Savage unleashed his debut album Issa and Migos topped the charts with Culture, and still have the sequel on its way, which is led by the single “Motor Sport” with Nicki & Cardi B that dropped last Friday. And if that's not enough, Offset just got engaged to his girlfriend Cardi B last Friday as well, making this arguably one the most memorable weeks of his life.

RELATEDMigos Rappers Offset & Quavo Try, Fail To Punch A Guy Twice Their Size

Following up Metro Boomin & Offset’s latest collab “No Complaints,” fans can now stream the ATL project in its entirety via Apple Music. You already know this going to have some bangers on it. Hit play and let us know what you think! Project available on iTunes.


1. Ghostface Killers (feat. Travis Scott)
2. Rap Saved Me (feat. Quavo)
3. Ric Flair Drip
4. My Choppa Hate N****s
5. Nightmare
6. Mad Stalkers
7. Disrespectful
8. Run Up the Racks
9. Still Serving
10. Darth Vader 

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Young M.A – She’s independent but making Major moves.

The last few months on the hip-hop scene have been refreshing for every New York City rap fan. The rise of Dave East, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A has essentially brought New York City back as a major stomping ground for bubbling hip-hop talent.

Young M.A, the lone female in the pack, has especially made an impact in the game with her tough bars and Brooklyn-bred street authenticity — she’s one of a kind.

The past few months have reaped many rewards for the Brooklyn upstart. Her single “OOOUUU” cracked the top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has over 53 million plays on YouTube.

The song has also garnered remixes from Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, French Montana and more. Beyonce even used “OOOUUU” as the soundtrack for her birthday post on Instagram. Young M.A can also be spotted in the newest Beats By Dre ad alongside Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott and Michael Phelps — the come up is real.

XXL recently caught up with the rising star at a studio in Brooklyn to speak on her rise, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys rocking out to her record and why 2012 was a turning point in her career.

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