And you thought we were done talking about the Grammy’s? Nope, not yet.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Drake had some unkind words to say about Macklemore’s Best Rap Album win at last month’s Grammy Awards. In case you forgot, the Seattle duo, took home three of the rap categories including Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance both for “Thrift Shop” and took home the big award of the night, Best Rap Album for The Heist. I was pretty outraged by this as well as many in the hip hop community were. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis defeated Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye, and Drake in the Best Rap Album category, which to many, is an absolute farce.
After the Grammy’s were over Macklemore took to social media to respond to Kendrick Lamar about his win. He told Kendrick, “You Got Robbed” and went on to say alot more about the situation. 50 Shades of White: A Look at Hip Hop at the Grammys After I read about that message my initial thought was that was a stand out move by Macklemore, but I also wondered why it had to be done in such a public forum. If Macklemore and Kendrick are really tight, Macklemore doesn’t have to prove himself to Kendrick. He owes him nothing. It was an award show. It is what it is. Awards shows don’t always get things right. There wasn’t really a need to go on Instagram and blast that. Makes it seem like he was trying to make himself feel better.
Drake, who lost to Macklemore in a couple of those rap categories didn’t appreciate Macklemore’s comments either. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Drake said the following about the situation thought there was no need for Macklemore’s very public private message. He thought Macklemore’s post was “wack as fuck.” Drake went on to say, “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,'” he tells us. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?” Drake understands the Grammy process and wasn’t fazed by it. “This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit.” Drake also went on to say that if Macklemore was going to start gving out apologies then he should have sent them to the other nominees as well. Drake says. “To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!”
Sounds like Aubrey is a little peeved about the situation. But bottom line is, Drake is right. Rap and hip hop is all about boasting. Every emcee thinks that they are the best, and they should. That bravado should be on display every time an emcee makes an appearance or spits a bar. If you have rhyme skills, you gotta own that. That confidence and swagga come off on record, and help create and maintain a rapper’s aura. If Macklemore had more swag he would understand this and own his win like he deserved it, with no regrets. He can’t be worried about if Kendrick Lamar or Drake’s feelings are hurt. I can see this as the start of a nice little rap battle between Macklemore, Kendrick, and Drake. I wonder if and what Macklemore will say about these latest comments from Drake. I don’t know if he’s ready for any type of verbal battles with any of his fellow Best Rap Album nominees. He may need to stick to improving his fashion sense and making a strong follow up album to avoid that dreadful one hit wonder status. But something tells me this fiasco isn’t over quite yet. Stay tuned.