The Grammy Rap Nominations Suck For The Most Part (What A Surprise!)
As yes, it's time for the Grammies again and this year they'll once again prove that it's record sales, not talent or acclaim, that matter. The Backstreet Boys are up for Album, Record, and Song of the year. Santana has 10 nominations. He only won one for an instrumental track an '88. How can "Smooth" be better than "Black Magic Woman"? Kid Rock is up for Best New Artist although he has four albums including one on a major label from 1990. Britney Spears, who has a whiney, annoying voice, is up for some Grammies. Enough of that, time for the rap nominations:
Best Rap Solo:
Busta Rhymes "Gimme Some More"
Eminem "My Name Is..."
Q-Tip "Vivrant Thing"
Will Smith "Wild Wild West"
I hate how the Grammies ignored ATCQ's genius Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders and finally nominated them for the disappointing, but still good, Love Movement (They might have done B,R, & L a few years ago, but I don't remember). Now they nominate Tip's terrible "Vivrant Thing". Of course, the Will Smith song sucks and features Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee. Solo? I think not. Also, the Busta, Eminem, and Pac songs are not their best work.
Best Rap Group:
Busta Rhymes & J. Jackson "What's It Gonna Be?!"
Puff Daddy & R. Kelly "Satisfy You"
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg "Still D.R.E."
Eminem & Dre "Guilty Conscience"
The Roots & Erykah Badu "You Got Me"
Damn, that Busta song with Janet sucked. And Puff Daddy? Snoop didn't contribute much to Dre's song, but it is a nice song anyway. I hope The Roots win, if not them, then Dre. If Puffy wins, I'll break something.
Best Rap Album:
Busta Rhymes "ELE"
Missy Elliot "Da Real World"
Eminem "Slim Shady LP"
Nas "I Am..."
The Roots "Things Fall Apart"
I don't see how Missy's disappointing critical and sales album got nominated. The Busta album I don't have, but from what I've heard, I wasn't too excited. How come the Grammies finally recognized Nas (unless ...Written was nominated before), but nominate a poor effort of his? Where was Illmatic years ago? The Roots deserve to win.
Why weren't DYWM or Illadelph nominated before? Man, the critics loved those albums. Things is a great album too, but they should have also been nominated before that album.
All in all, the rap nominations aren't as bad as they were in other years. It depends on who wins. But that's the Grammies for you. I wonder if there will ever be an award show that bases album nominations more on critical acclaim than sales. Because from what I have read and heard, the critics hate the Backstreet Boys and Puffy. I mean, you didn't see Armageddon, which the critics hated, but grossed over $200 million, at the Oscars? The Oscars base it more on critical acclaim. Why can't the same be done for music?
I don't gurantee shit often (well, yes I do)
but I am willing to bet budafett's pharmaceutical supply cabinet that THE ROOTS don't win shit. Bet it. Done Deal. ROOTS walk with nada. The chances of them winning a grammy are about the same as CHECKMARK outdrinking me this weekend.
Your Self Proclaimed
Hip Hop Historian,
I can't believe none of dem cash money millionaires got nominated. They're hella dope, and they would have given me a reason to actually watch 5 minutes of that pathetically boring snooze fest.
Hot Boys are dope, and I don't care what the rest of you strictly underground listeners think.
West is the Best
I thought you would know. The Grammies are like the billboard awards, or TRL. And why do they call collaborations "Groups". This is all messed up, Mos Def should have had at LEAST one nomination. Awards dont mean shit anyway.
Man didnt the grammies Just happen the other Day ?????or was it the MTV Music Awards ????Wait it was the Golden Globe awards???Eh fuck it the roots got nominated so I actually have a reason to watch this year....Wait layrun won mad shit last year man Im lost I dont even watch tv no more Peace
I ain't mad. I'm just stating facts.
i can't believ ya'll are even talking about this shit like its part of anything to do with hip hop. ya'll shoulda gave up being mad that hip hop isn't respected in the mainstream in like 1991
i'd have rather seen cash money get nominated than puffy.
let's see. what would be a more appropriate nomination list?
it's supposed to be from 10/1 98 to 9/30 99. wasn't that DRE song after 9/30 99? well i guess not, huh? hmmm. anyway.
okay things fall apart and you got me look good there.
hey wait a second, didn't hard knock life, love movement, blackstar, and aquemeni all come out last october? or was that september? cuz if it was october i'd expect some of them to get nominated.
damn why wasn't mosdef nominated for album?
Actually for album of the year 2 out of 5 being decent isn't bad.I think all the other catagories are shit.But atleast some Cash Money shit wasn't nominated or other garbage out there.
Oh i guess Em and Dre are a "group" now, hehe...yeah, the roots should and WILL win in their two categories, i dont care about the other nominees that much, except maybe the eminem and dre song.
Will Smith will win for Best Rap Solo.
The Roots will probably take the other two (maybe Dre and Eminem for best Rap "Group").