Drake and Kendrick Lamar spent the second half of last year throwing stray shots at each other. Then, a few weeks ago, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis beat both of them (as well as Kanye West and Jay Z) to win a Best Rap Album Grammy, which would’ve been a ridiculous breach of public trust if the Grammys weren’t already widely regarded as being ridiculous. Somehow making things worse, Macklemore launched a thousand thinkpieces by sending a text of apology to Kendrick and then Instagramming that text. (The most iconic quote of Macklemore’s entire career isn’t anything he rapped; it’s “It’s weird and it sucks that I robbed you.”) Drake, for one, was not amused by this peacocking display of humility, saying that he thought “that shit was wack as fuck.”

Talking to Rolling Stone, Drake discussed his reaction to the whole thing:

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.” 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?… 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.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Drake feels this way because he didn’t get a text: “To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!” Real talk, though: Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City and Nothing Was The Same are both infinitely better albums than The Heist.

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  1. I’ve always liked Drake’s music, but his character just moved up 10 notches or so in my book!

  2. “…if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music.” “Own your shit.”
    This is important. Macklemore is trying to earn the respect of the people he respects by kind of saying “I know I’m bad! I know this!”. That’s not how it works.

  3. sooo blown out of proportion! it’s not like he took out ad space in a paper. he felt kendrick deserved the win, and he expressed as much. he shared the sentiment with his fans as well. on instagram. so? just seems like someone giving credit where he felt it was due.

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    • Why does it matter what colour he is?

      • he’s the one who said it could be “racial,” that Macklemore can tap into something that Drake and the rest of the black rappers can’t. In other words, the king of white dork rappers who rap for white dorks is calling out another white dork rapper for rapping for white dorks.

        • He didn’t say that. He said, “Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into.” In other words, Drake doesn’t believe it’s some race thing, he believes Macklemore is a more mainstream rapper, and more popular with the masses.

          He also didn’t lump having white parents into a bunch of negative things.

          • sure, Drake’s problem is the mainstream will just never accept him.

          • Even further than being a more mainstream rapper, the other albums in that category (with maybe the exception of Yeezus) were all core rap/hip-hop albums whereas The Heist could be a rap album or a pop album depending on who you ask. It has nothing to do with him being white.

  5. Why are people still talking about the Grammy’s?

  6. I just feel like this is all going to end with one large hug.

  7. and they ain’t got no reward for that…

  8. To be fair, Drake knows a thing or two about being wack as fuck.

  9. Between this and the Josh Homme thing, is 2014 the year we all got really catty?

    • Using my jump to conclusions mat, the only outcome that makes sense to me is a Drake and Queens of the Stone Age mash-up diss track?

      Options: 1. Started from the Bottom…Like Clockwork 2. My God is Wu-Tang Forever 3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled: Worst Behavior 4. Wack as Fuck Everything (which goes on to become the standout single on a landmark album in American history noted for its brash and oh so brave satirical matter which leaves no stone unturned or ego unshattered and effectively ends discrimination amongst citizens of different gender, age, class, politik, orientation, and geographical isolation.

      • What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • I’d like to throw in some suggestions as well:
        1. No One Knows My Dead Body
        2. Go With The YOLO
        3. My God Is Rihanna
        4. Started From The Bottom Now My Bassist Is Beating His Wife
        5. Hold On Little Sister, We’re Going Home (ewww)

  10. Actually, I’m pretty sure that “The most iconic quote of Macklemore’s entire career” would have to be “This is fucking awesome.”

  11. Drake’s real tough…. when he’s talking to Macklemore…..

  12. This isn’t news

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