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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SWEET SUNDAYS

To say I know my neighbor would be a lie, but what I do know is his Sunday playlist is sensational. Every week I can count on him to fill up our block with the sultry sounds of timeless R&B. He does this all while socializing and sweeping up fallen Autumn leaves. A sight that reminds me of my own life. Like clock-work every weekend my mother would wake us up blasting the oldies signaling chores. Records from The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Champaign, Gregory Abbott, Mtume, and Heatwave to name a few would take over our home. Looking back, I never was fond of those mornings, but today I greet Sundays with admiration. I open my windows, sit on the window sill, and take it all in. For these sweet Sundays are draped in nostalgia.
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Where’s the Summer Anthem?

Summer starts now….or does it?
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and what is traditionally a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military also carries a dual meaning of indulging in cold brews, nutcrackers, seafood boil, drunk uncles on the grill, everyone’s favorite auntie on the dance floor, and the oldest and latest tunes blaring at ignorant volumes from our speakers. AH! The signs of summer are upon us, so where’s the summer anthem(s)?
It’s been a fairly slow year for music in comparison to 2018 and usually, by this time a summer anthem would be building up steam on the radio and the lyrics would transform to Instagram captions for the masses.
Last Friday, May 17th DJ Khaled released his 11th studio album, “Father of Ashad” announcing “The Summer Starts Now”. Known as the King of Anthem’s Khaled’s latest album has 2 vibes on it that I think can be major players for Summer 2019, “You Stay” and “Wish Wish”.
I also think Megan The Stallion has a few tricks up her sleeves for the Hotties with the release of her project “Fever” and rapper DaBaby has been catching everyone’s attention as of late, so you never know.
As of right now the summer is still up for grabs, but let’s see if something catches fire during memorial day weekend.

 

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Thank You Nip

This Still Hurts!
They say to write from the heart because it’s easier that way, whether heartbroken or happy always write from the heart. God only knows I’ve been trying to do that since March 31st. It’s been a struggle to find the words in-between battling tears, heart palpitations, and fatigue. This feels so personal.
Mourning a person you’ve never met seems odd to some, but in this case, it was normal, we grieved and continue to grieve together. Nipsey Hussle was more than just a Rapper he was an adoring father, life partner, loving son, brother, friend, hero, businessman, intellect and all around leader- WOW even referring to him in the past tense is rough. People like myself gravitated towards Hussle because he was a constant source of motivation. Outside of music he was building a legacy that promoted, generational wealth, black enterprise, community uplifting, self-love and love for your people.
There’s a lot to say, but I’ll keep it simple- I want to say thank you!
Thank You, Nip for the book recommendations, “The Way of The Superior Man” and “The Spook Who Sat by The Door” are real gems, “Soul on Ice” is next.
Thank You, for always promoting Assets over Liabilities, that shit is forever engraved in my memory.
Thank You, for buying back the block. They renamed the intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw after you. Neighborhood Nip lives on.
Thank You, for never putting the medicine in the candy.
Thank You, for promoting healthy Black Love. Lauren called you her sanctuary, that hit my spirit.
Thank You, for your music. Victory Lap is a classic and I can go on forever about mixtape Nip- Only the Real Know!
Thank You, for the Instagram like. I don’t know if you actually read my review of Victory Lap, but the Hussle approval meant, and still means the world to me- I’m getting that framed.
Thank You, for staying 10 toes down! They don’t make them quite like you.
Thank You, for sharing your spirit and energy with us. We all saw the God in you.
Thank You, for embodying the best of Hip-Hop.
Thank You, for inspiring.
We still can’t believe you’re gone, it all seems so surreal, you didn’t deserve to leave us like that, and although you’re not here in the physical we continue to feel your presence. Your legacy lives on.
The Marathon Continues, we got you!

 

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61st Annual Grammy Award Predictions, Well Rap Predictions

Music’s biggest night is here! Tonight the 61st Annual Grammy Awards is back in Los Angeles and will be hosted by singer and fifteen-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. In addition to the hot nominee’s we anticipate even hotter performances. Artists from every genre ranging from Cardi B, Yolanda Adams, Shawn Mendes, and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will take center stage. The performances don’t stop there, musical legend and style icon Diana Ross will also grace us with her presence.
Now it’s time to talk predictions, frankly, I’m here to talk Rap predictions and anything to do with Rap. It is widely known that the Hip-Hop community and The Recording Academy have long been at odds over the lack of recognition. Battles dating back to the 89′ boycott for not televising the Rap award. It’s been 30 years since that infamous boycott and in 30 years Hip-Hop has continued to transcend music and popular culture. Tonight we’ll see if The Grammy’s finally get it right.
Check out my Grammy’s predictions below. Feel free to follow me on social media to get my live reactions.
 1. Record Of The Year
  • I Like It- Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin*
  • The Joke- Brandi Carlile
  • This Is America- Childish Gambino
  • God’s Plan- Drake
  • Shallow- Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper**
  • All The Stars- Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • Rockstar- Post Malone ft 21 Savage
  • The Middle- Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
2. Album Of The Year
  • Invasion of Privacy- Cardi B**
  • By The Way, I Forgive You- Brandi Carlile
  • Scorpion- Drake
  • H.E.R- H.E.R
  • Beerbongs & Bentleys- Post Malone
  • Dirty Computer- Janelle Monae
  • Golden Hour- Kacey Musgraves
  • Black Panther: The Album- Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists*
3. Song Of The Year
  • All The Stars- Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • Boo’d Up- Ella Mai*
  • God’s Plan- Drake
  • In My Blood- Shawn Mendes
  • The Joke- Brandi Carlile
  • The Middle- Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
  • Shallow- Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • This Is America- Childish Gambino
4. Best New Artist
  • Chloe X Halle**
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R*
  • Dua Lipa
  • Margo Price
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Jorja Smith
5. Best Urban Contemporary Album
  • Everything Is Love- The Carters*
  • The Kids Are Alright- Chloe x Halle**
  • Chris Dave And The DrumHedz- Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
  • War & Leisure- Miguel
  • Ventriloquism- Meshell Ndegeocello
6. Best Rap Performance. Singles or Tracks only
  • Be Careful- Cardi B
  • Nice For What- Drake*
  • King’s Dead- Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake**
  • Bubblin- Anderson .Paak
  • Sicko Mode- Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk), Swae Lee
7. Best Rap/Sung Performance
  • Like I Do- Christina Aguilera ft Goldlink
  • Pretty Little Fears- 6lack ft. J.Cole
  • This is America- Childish Gambino*
  • All The Stars- Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • Rockstar- Post Malone ft. 21 Savage**
8. Best Rap Song. A Songwriter(s) award
  • Gods Plan- Drake
  • King’s Dead- Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake*
  • Lucky You-Eminem ft. Joyner Lucas
  • Sicko Mode- Travis Scott, Drake, (Big Hawk), Swae Lee
  • Win- Jay Rock
9. Best Rap Album
  • Invasion of Privacy- Cardi B
  • Swimming- Mac Miller
  • Victory Lap- Nipsey Hussle*
  • Daytona- Pusha T
  • Astroworld- Travis Scott

 

*First choice
**Strong second

 

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