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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wayback Playback - DJ Khaled - Hip Hop ft. Scarface and Nas

The reason I'm posting this is I want to remind everyone as to what rap is all about; depicting a story using your words to display emotion and imagery. On the night of the Grammys, I'm hearing a lot of talk about who's going to win the Grammy for best Rap Album. Now you need to see where Rap has gone over the years since the days of the boom bap and kids mixing tracks on basic Casio machines.

Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Jay-Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - The Heist

Kanye West - Yeezus

Truly this is the most diverse group of nominees in the entire history of the Grammy awards, in my opinion. Each album is distinctly different from one another. They are all intrinsically different from upbringings, to style, to how they came to be as the mainstay names in hip hop. Now I personally have my own opinions on who truly had the best album (come on...who's album in that list was an INSTANT classic?) but whoever ends up winning will have to respect the other giants who stand among them and feel as if they shouldn't. Each of those individuals have made a serious impact on society, entertainment and their respective fan bases. Whether it's Drake's ballads for his city, or Jay-Z's attempt at keeping a balance between his lifestyle-past or present, or Kendrick Lamar's depiction of growth into positivity in an environment plagued with failure and destitution, or Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's live free and respect your common man message, or Ye's artistic methods to depict his emotions on life...we can't forget what hip hop/rap is...and for this, I look forward to what rap will evolve to in the coming years.

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