The Grammy’s Been Clueless

With music’s biggest night behind us I just have one question- Why does Hip hop long for Grammy validation?
I can’t comprehend why hip hop yearns for Grammy acceptance. Over the years we’ve protested time and again against discrimination and for a more inclusive Grammy board, It’s never-ending! Why are we constantly looking for a seat at their table? Sometimes I think hip hop culture forgets that we are the table, legs, nuts, bolts, and chairs of this thing, nevertheless, It’s an odd paradox to see us in. For 30+ years hip hop has transcended into popular culture and continues to move the needle on what’s cool and creative in the world. So frankly, it’s fuck the Grammy’s we’ll never get the proper just due from them. Every year the academy proves how culturally clueless it is and every year we pull at their ankles like toddlers demanding attention. It’s time hip hop flexes all of its caches because after all, hip hop doesn’t need the Grammy’s, the Grammy’s need hip hop!
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31. Nipsey Hussle ”VICTORY LAP”

February 16, 2018
 I ain’t nothing like you fucking rap niggas- Nipsey Hussle “Rap Niggas”
It’s next to impossible to discuss albums of the 2010s without mentioning Nip Hussle Tha Great’s Victory Lap.  Personally, it gives me the same motivational and prolific feels as Jay-Z’s debut and classic Reasonable Doubt. Since Nipsey’s untimely March 31, 2019, passing it has been difficult for me to listen and write about his music especially this album, so for more insight visit my 2018 review on Victory Lap. The Marathon Continues.
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30. Miguel ”KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM”

September 28, 2012
 There was no sophomore slump in sight when Miguel released Kaleidoscope Dream. He is electrifying, lustful, hypnotizing, unpredictable, and lovely throughout. Kaleidoscope Dream gives you new ways to say I love you, (“Adorn”). While leaving you yearning and dripping for more, (“Use Me”), progressively intensifying, (“Arch & Point”). He stirs up the warm spots in your stomach leaving you with no choice, but to acknowledge them, (“The Thrill”), it’s not all about sex with Miguel he also touches on our inner humanity, (”Candles in the Sun”). The decade and R&B wouldn’t be the same without Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream.
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29. Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!”

December 2, 2016
A modern-day Renaissance Man!
Childish Gambino’s talents are far from singular he’s a writer, actor, rapper and singer. Excelling at each one individually. Zoning in on his music career the project that catches my ear is his third album, Awaken, My Love! Gambino teamed up with longtime collaborator Ludwig Goransson to push Hip-Hop’s boundaries. Together the pair created an eclectic and at times haunting sound. The funkadelic energy is reminiscing of Atlanta’s legendry group OutKast. Awaken, My Love! is a moment for the decade and Hip-Hop.
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28. Migos “NO LABEL II”

June 3, 2014
Migos have been running shit and contributing to the vibes in a major way for several years now, but during the summer of 2014 when No Label II was released, The Migos didn’t just contribute they were the vibes! Hits like, “Fight Night”, “Handsom & Wealthy”, “Freak No More” take me back to those days of my friends and I being young and wild’n out. I love this project, it’s important to my evolution in the 2010s, The End.
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