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.