Kendrick Lamar & Macklemore

On Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar lost every Grammy award he was up for, most infamously when Macklemore beat him for the Best Rap Album Grammy and then sent him a text apologizing to Kendrick for “robbing” him. This has jumpstarted a lot of conversations in the last few days. For instance: Is it actually humble for Macklemore to send that text but then share that text with the entire universe? Is it unreasonable to expect the Grammys to understand anything about rap? Did that Kendrick/Imagine Dragons performance actually sort of rule? And is there anyone alive who can listen to both Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City and The Heist and honestly think The Heist is better? Kendrick has now spoken out on the matter.

Kendrick’s stance: He’s fine with Macklemore winning. Talking to XXL about Macklemore’s Best Rap Album victory, Kendrick says “It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”

And when XXL asked Kendrick about the Grammys snubbing him entirely, he said, “I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.” I promise you this: When Kendrick put this meaningless string of words together, he was high.

Comments (48)
  1. “This has jumpstarted a lot of conversations in the last few years.”

    I mean, it does FEEL like years.

  2. kendrick addresses drama that fans turned into drama but was not really drama to anyone actually involved

  3. Let’s have some fun with this. Kendrick’s is saying, by implication, that Macklemore is not part of the culture. SNEAK-DISS!!!!

  4. that’s pretty much what you sound like when you talk about t-swift, homie.

  5. (1) Kendrick definitely deserved it.

    (2) Kendrick was definitely high when he wrote that.

    (3) Fuck the Grammys anyway.

    • Why is it that we accuse any pseudo-spiritual quotes from artists as a result of being high?

      You know, Kendrick was probably really high when he made “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”. In fact, lots of musicians we follow were probably really high when they made some of their best albums.

      Anybody care to clear the air for me?

      • Well a cursory listen to his album suggests that he doesn’t really smoke.

        • I’ll be the first to admit I require much more than a cursory listen to register everything on your average hip-hop album, especially Kendrick’s since he can rhyme fast. I do have friends that seem to pick up on great lines their first listens, but I do not possess that skill.

          So after a thorough search through “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” lyrics I found the following in “The Art of Peer Pressure” :

          “I got the blunt in my mouth
          Usually I’m drug-free, but shit I’m with the homies”

          Since multiple comments are pointing to the fact that K-dot doesn’t smoke, I figured a lyrical excerpt would be a nice addition to this thread. I’m thinking I’m not the only one who missed that lyric.

      • This also bothered me. Did Tom feel he needed to throw that caveat at the end to justify lauding praise (which is totally justified, don’t get me wrong) on an artist that is so seemingly inarticulate in this one instance? I feel like I got the gist of what Kendrick was saying, high or not.

      • Kendrick doesn’t smoke.

  6. I dont see race. People tell me I’m white and I believe them because I thought Macklemore deserved those Grammys.

  7. Kendrick doesn’t smoke though…

  8. great. i am now in the negative as far as fucks i give about this bullshit. let’s let it go.

    “you don’t give a fuck yet here you are commenting about it”.

    fuck yeah, i am.

  9. I promise you this: When Tom Breihan put this meaningless string of words together, he was acting like an idiot.

    Seriously though, what a dumb thing to say, a simple Google search will tell you that Kendrick has gone on record several times stating he doesn’t smoke weed.

  10. Asked about being snubbed, replied with no selfishness and only love for the rest of the rap game. What a humble baller. Imagine Kanye responding to a snub like that.

    • Kendrick Lamar doesn’t smoke and he’s humble. And he dares to talk about ‘the culture’ and pretends to be a part of it. Friggin mr. goodie two-shoes ovah heah. Someone oughta give that good kid a maad wedgie and show him how this game is supposed to be played.

      Am I being sarcastic or ironic? I don’t even know any more.

  11. But actually, how were Earl Sweatshirt’s – Doris, Run the Jewels s/t, or Mac Millers, watching movies… not nominated….

    The three best “rap” records of the year are no shows at the grammys.

  12. I’m kinda surprised that anyone is shocked/outraged at this award. You can’t deny Macklemore is more popular than Kendrick, and the Grammys are not really based on musicality for the most part (can’t say I didn’t love Daft Punk winning Album of the Year tho). This is pretty much exactly what the Grammys do every year. I saw a meme going around that said Biggie, 2Pac, Nas etc have 0 Grammy’s. As sad as it is, we can’t really take them that seriously, especially when it comes to hip hop.

  13. The real tragedy here is all the rap metal bands out there seeing Kendrick and Imagine Dragons’ performance and thinking its ok to come out of hiding. Dammit, we purged you for a reason! We even tracked down Linkin Trotsky in Mexico and jammed an ice pick in his ear!

  14. Both of those albums were released in 2012, so I don’t understand how the Grammys work any way. On top of that, the awards are worthless. This is rich people drama. The fact that Kendrick was recognized by the Grammys at all is something — and he WAS recognized, because millions of people have never been included in the ceremonies, EL-P being one of them. I’d rather have seen Run The Jewelz, or Ghostface nominated for something, but the fact that they weren’t doesn’t reflect on the quality or value behind their releases. Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music was never nominated. Dilla and Madlib were never nominated. Mos Def, Talib, Company Flow… none of those guys were ever even acknowledged for a best album award, other than Mike winding up on a winning Big Boi collab at the start of his career.

    I’m from Seattle and nobody is a bigger Macklemore “hater” than I am and have been. I’d say GKMC is definitely better than the Heist, but I think everything is better than the Heist. I just don’t understand why Kendrick should be guaranteed anything, though. I might be the only one to feel that he’s overrated (or at least be willing to state it openly), but why the uproar toward an institution like the Grammys? Yeezus just stole from B L A C K I E and Death Grips, without crediting either, and got praise from all directions for it as being “groundbreaking” and “original”; everyone tried to explain what Kanye “really meant” and the “hidden brilliance” but when they gave him a chance to speak, it turns out that he really is just pissed about not getting to be respected a fashion designer. Plus, a million other people made that album with him. Good Kid sounds like 90s Outkast beats.

    To me, it feel like a bunch of people are complaining about which of the popular kids should have been elected student body president. Meanwhile, there’s some unpopular poor kid with all of the real ideas, but the battle is between the captain of the basketball team and the guy whose parents own a local chain of convenience stores

    A lot of people might be too young to remember when tracks like “Around the World” were originally released, but the fact that Daft Punk just took home so many awards is kind of mind boggling.

    Good Kid’s another album with Pharrell doing production work, just like on Daft Punk’s, just like for Robin Thicke. Meanwhile Daft Punk is doing production on Yeezus. The nominees are all the same people.

    Out of 19 total best Rap Album Grammys, Kanye has taken 4 of them, Eminem has 5, Outkast has 2, Jay-z’s been nominated 10 times (won once), Nas and Lupe Fiasco have each been nominated 4 times. Even as someone who despises Macklemore for endless reasons, I don’t feel bad that all the same people didn’t win, and these are definitely all the same people. Look how many cooks were in on all of the other nominees releases. Granted, that might be why they were “better,” but it’s just rich industry folks that lost, not some poor underground kid that lost. People that fit that description weren’t even recognized.

    If you want some perspective, in 1998 Puff Daddy & The Family won a best rap album Grammy over Missy, Wu Tang, and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Life After Death.” The first year it was a category (1996) Naughty By Nature beat out 2Pac, ODB, and Bone Thugs (also Skee-Lo was nominated?). This isn’t the most respectable organization, the biggest tragedy that’s ever happened, or even the biggest theft of a Seattle rapper over unrecognized brilliance at the ceremonies: “Baby Got Back” took best song in 1993 over nominees like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “You Gotta Believe” and MC Hammer’s “Addamm’s Groove” — other albums released in 1992, making them eligible for the award: The Chronic, Bizarre Ride 2 The Pharcyde, Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “Mecca and the Soul Brother,” Gangstarr’s “Daily Operation,” Beastie Boys’ “Check Yo Head,” Ice Cubes “The Predator,” Eric B & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat the Technique,” Das EFX’s “Dead Serious,” UGK’s “Hard to Swallow”…. etc. etc. etc.

    Either way, both Macklemore and Kendrick and getting bigger and bigger and richer and richer. They’ll both be fine.

  15. because this article was written by a hack

  16. That Kendrick/Imagine Dragons performance undoubtedly sort of ruled. Kendrick snapped, and the whole performance was rather epic-feeling. I loved it.

  17. that is a truly meaningless string of words though

  18. ” I promise you this: When Kendrick put this meaningless string of words together, he was high.”

    THAT should’ve won a Grammy

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