Last night at the Grammys, Kendrick Lamar was nominated 7 times for what most hip-hop insiders to be an instant classic G.O.O.D. Kid Maad City, yet he went home empty handed.
The Compton emcee lost in every category that he went toe to toe with the duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who won 4, including best rap album.
While Macklemore did have an amazing year, #blacktwitter exposed the backlash to his victories. The consensus on social media was Kendrick got robbed. He was India Arie’d. Turns out even Macklemore agrees.
“It sucks that I robbed you,” Macklemore wrote to Lamar in a text message he posted to his Instagram account. “I was gonna sa[y] that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech, and I froze.”
Macklemore comes across as sincere in his post, but was it necessary to share?
The Grammys’ long history of not properly rewarding black artists is infamous. Macklemore’s apology may seem like beating a dead horse to some hip-hop fans.
Regardless, footage of Jay Z speaking to Kendrick supposedly giving the young emcee a post-Grammy pep talk back stage has gone viral, suggesting that the iconic rapper has his own opinion of who had the best rap album in 2013.
Do you think Kendrick was robbed at the Grammys? What do you think of Macklemore’s apology?
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