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.