By Rob Markman
Let’s face it, when it comes to rap, the Grammy nomination committee is no voice of the streets. Most years there's an obvious snub, or something to groan about, but we’ve come a long way since Jay-Z’s 1999 award show boycott in support of DMX’s overlooked It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.
RapFix would even say that with the 55th Annual Grammy Award nominations in the Best Rap Album category that the folks on the committee got it right for the most part.
There's no denying the impact that Drake had with his November 2011 album Take Care. Not only did Drizzy debut at #1 with over 630,000 copies sold, he spawned numerous singles that satisfied both street-based rap fans ("The Motto") and a crossover crowd ("Take Care," featuring Rihanna).
The Roots are always a favorite with the Grammy crowd as they represent hip-hop’s artistic aesthetic, usually ignoring the need for conformed radio singles and forced features to sell records. The group won their very first Grammy in 1999 for their "You Got Me" single with Erykah Badu and has been nominated in the Best Rap Album category in years past with LPs like How I Got Over, Game Theory and Phrenology. So Questlove and company have a real shot at taking this home.
Lupe Fiasco is another Grammy favorite. He has now been nominated 12 times throughout his career and won a golden gramophone in 2008 for his "Daydreamin’" single. His 2011 LP Lasers lost Best Rap Album in the last award ceremony and while his Food & Liquor II is a long-shot next year, the nomination was well-deserved.
No matter what your musical tastes it was impossible to ignore 2 Chainz this year and his solo debut Based on a T.R.U. Story was one of the year’s most anticipated and talked about LPs. Kudos to the Grammy committee for not ignoring the streets with this pick.
Rick Ross and Nas round out the Best Rap Album category and while the Bawse had the bigger release with his God Forgives, I Don’t LP, Nas won over the critics with his stellar Life is Good album.
It’ll be a hard fought battle and truthfully any of the aforementioned would be a fine choice for rap album of the year. RapFix would pick ‘em all if we could.
Who would you like to see win the Best rap Album of the year category at 2013’s Grammy Award Ceremony?