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Best Rap Album
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...
DJ Khaled - Major Key
Drake - Views
ScHoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
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    Who will win the 2017 Grammy for Best Rap Album?

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    Oscar Rodriguez
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    I think Chance will win. He has the right amount of buzz, + he has more nominations than Drake on the rap field

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    camman
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    Drake is not winning.

    He is not a Grammy darling. He was won ONE Grammy and this is his worst album.

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    JohnnyAppleSeed
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    how ironic would it be if Drake lost even though he has the AOTY nomination ????

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    PoweR
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    Que the “GET REAL! Drake is so winning Best Rap Album” by Gucci. J/k

    Drake is up for AOTY and has the biggest album in contention. AOTY nominee has never lost Rap Album, unless it lost to another AOTY nominee. So that makes Drake the frontrunner and my prediction to win.

    But I don’t think it’s an easy cakewalk for him, and I can see him being the first artist to lose Rap Album with an AOTY nomination. The album was a big success, but it had mediocre reviews and is seen as his worst album by many dedicated fans. He’ll likely get the “pop” vote, so that should still help him to win.

    As far as his competition here, he’s up against a Grammy heavyweight with 8 nominations and a new critically acclaimed rapper with 7 nominations of his own. The competition isn’t as weak as it was back when he won for Take Care. You can automatically eliminated DJ Khaled, De La Soul and Schoolboy Q (someone I think we should watch out for in future Grammy discussions). They’re not competitive enough to win.

    Kanye West can definitely pull off the upset. He’s only lost Rap Album once and has a huge following with voters. He has been slipping away with Grammy voters, but he obviously still has support from Grammy voters. I would not be surprised if Kanye won over Drake.

    Don’t underestimate Chance The Rapper. He has campaigned heavily this season. From his Kit Kat commercials, to his Grammy consideration ads, to his recent SNL performance, this guy is really thirsty for Grammy glory. His album has made nearly every critics list, and it also helped the industry embraced the “streaming-only” narrative. Do not be surprised if he is the Kacey Musgraves of the rap field and wins.

    I don’t believe Drake is a lock for every rap category, but I won’t deny his frontrunner status.

    He’s my prediction to win.

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    camman
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    While in no means SHOULD Drake be a front runner, This is the same awards show that awarded Macklemore over Kendrick

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    ScHoolboy Q and DJ Khaled are not in the running. De La Soul are veterans and all, but that’s not enough. Kanye West has won this category four times. He should never be underestimated. Voters have not been rewarding West as of lately. Chance the Rapper has a lot of critical acclaim and he seems to really want a Grammy. Chance lacks commercial success. Drake will sweep the entire Rap field.

    Commercial Success + Popularity = A Rap Grammy

    SHOULD WIN: Drake, Views
    WILL WIN: Drake, Views

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    camman
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    ScHoolboy Q and DJ Khaled are not in the running. De La Soul are veterans and all, but that’s not enough. Kanye West has won this category four times. He should never be underestimated. Voters have not been rewarding West as of lately. Chance the Rapper has a lot of critical acclaim and he seems to really want a Grammy. Chance lacks commercial success. Drake will sweep the entire Rap field.

    Commercial Success + Popularity = A Rap Grammy

    SHOULD WIN: Drake, Views
    WILL WIN: Drake, Views

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    This category is literally one of the easiest to predict. Chance, in all honesty, has the best album of the bunch, but only two things matter here:

    1. most commercially successful nominee
    2. Album of the Year nomination

    For the last 15 years, the winner in this category has either had one or both of the above. And the only times an AOTY nominee has lost (Nelly, Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar), it was to another AOTY nominee that same year (Eminem, Outkast, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis).

    It is for both of those reasons that Drake’s Views will win.

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    Should win: Coloring Book

    Will win: Views

     

    I think for a critical darling like Chance’s Coloring Book to win, it needs to also have commercial success. See “College Dropout,” “Stankonia” or “Good Kid Maad City.” Coloring Book is my favorite rap album of the year, but it didn’t explode on the charts like it should have and wasn’t part of the industry conversation the way “The Heist” or “To Pimp A Butterfly” was. I think Drake wins this easily.

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    Should win: Coloring Book

    Will win: Views

    I think for a critical darling like Chance’s Coloring Book to win, it needs to also have commercial success. See “College Dropout,” “Stankonia” or “Good Kid Maad City.” Coloring Book is my favorite rap album of the year, but it didn’t explode on the charts like it should have and wasn’t part of the industry conversation the way “The Heist” or “To Pimp A Butterfly” was. I think Drake wins this easily.

    BUT Chance’s success could be excused since it was and remains a streaming exclusive. I would argue that it has been in the industry conversation, it made history as the first streaming exclusive album to debut on the BB200 and top ten at that.

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    Right. Chance The Rapper’s album is not an outright flop. It being a streaming exclusive is what hurts its commercial reach, but it made a lot of headlines when it dropped and garnered all of those streams.

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    I LOVE Kanye’s and Drake’s albums, but Chance The Rapper’s album was absolutely phenomenal. A game changer. I doubt he’ll win. Drake probably has this. I would jump for joy if Chance won though.

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    PoweR
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    Is anyone placing a high bet on Chance The Rapper winning here over Drake?

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    I think Kanye’s and Chance’s votes have splitted and, unfortunately, Drake will win :/

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