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Best Rap Album – Who Wins?
Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo
D Smoke - Black Habits
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
Nas - King's Disease
Royce da 5'9" - The Allegory
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    thefunkydeltron
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    Are we underestimating D Smoke? 🤔

    I mean D Smoke is a rookie compared to these names. Last year DaBaby was the rookie choice and he got emptyhanded.

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    D Smoke’s nomination feels like a “Big things are on the horizon for this guy” kind of nom. Nothing about his album (though it was good when I listened to it recently) is better than any of the other albums in the category. He didn’t chart on billboard. And his name certainly doesn’t ring any bells. Rap Album Of The Year almost always goes to the biggest seller or the one with the most name recognition. D Smoke doesn’t even have critical acclaim to back him up as he has no Metacritic scores at all

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    Honey, a bitch is still shook that Roddy Ricch was snubbed here.  🙁

    NOT surprised Run the Jewels were snubbed.  Their album made no noise.

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    RTJ4 made more noise than about three albums nominated here.

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    RTJ4 made more noise than about three albums nominated here.

     

    They could have easily took the spot that D Smoke inexplicably received

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    These nominations make no sense. I am more into trap music than this lyrical old school stuff. I know this type of rap is considered more serious, but did they really need to give all five nominations to these types of albums? They really can’t save two slots for Roddy and Uzi? And if they are gonna give all the slots to lyrical stuff, at least give one to RTJ. Ridiculous.

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    These nominations make no sense. I am more into trap music than this lyrical old school stuff. I know this type of rap is considered more serious, but did they really need to give all five nominations to these types of albums? They really can’t save two slots for Roddy and Uzi? And if they are gonna give all the slots to lyrical stuff, at least give one to RTJ. Ridiculous.

     

    The “trap” rappers don’t put much of a focus on making actual ALBUMS. They are focused on padding 20 -22 tracks around 1-2 hit singles for streaming purposes.

     

    Every one of these “lyrical” rappers in the category took time to craft an ALBUM. Meaning there is meaning, theme, and cohesiveness to every song. It might not be your cup of tea and you are entitled to your opinion but the younger rappers were recognized for what they do best. Individual SONGS with catchy hooks and basic lyrics. Thats why you see Roddy Rich, Pop Smoke, Lil Baby, and Da Baby in the Rap Performance and Rap Songs categories and artists like Nas, Jay Electronica, and Freddie Gibbs in the Rap Album category.

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    I think they were just trying to to honor all type of artists. Notice how that none of the rap album nominees have nominations elsewhere, but the younger rappers are all over the song categories.

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    These nominees are a mess. Are the Grammy voters THIS MUCH disconnected from today’s generation of rap?

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    These nominations make no sense. I am more into trap music than this lyrical old school stuff. I know this type of rap is considered more serious, but did they really need to give all five nominations to these types of albums? They really can’t save two slots for Roddy and Uzi? And if they are gonna give all the slots to lyrical stuff, at least give one to RTJ. Ridiculous.

    exactly! These nominations make zero sense. We need transparency! The Grammys continue to dig their hole of credibility deeper and deeper. It’s bound to end.

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    I still don’t understand why D Smoke is here.

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    Honey, it is rather obvious that the Rap panel setup a Nas win here (YAY!).  They put the legendary Nas up against a bunch of unknowns/non-factors.

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    Honey, D Smoke totally deserved his nomination here.  He is incredibly talented.

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    Honey, it is rather obvious that the Rap panel setup a Nas win here (YAY!). They put the legendary Nas up against a bunch of unknowns/non-factors.

    Agreed. He is a rap legend and has never won a Grammy before. You could make an argument for any of the other nominees to win but they really can’t stand too much of chance up against name-recognition like that of Nas, especially when the whole Recording Academy can vote for the winner.

    I wish the setup wasn’t so obvious though. This is the first time in the history of Grammys in this category where none of the nominees were commercial hit albums. Nas had the best sales/chart debut of the bunch though.

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    Agreed. He is a rap legend and has never won a Grammy before. You could make an argument for any of the other nominees to win but they really can’t stand too much of chance up against name-recognition like that of Nas, especially when the whole Recording Academy can vote for the winner. I wish the setup wasn’t so obvious though. This is the first time in the history of Grammys in this category where none of the nominees were commercial hit albums. Nas had the best sales/chart debut of the bunch though.

     

    I wouldn’t necessarily say it was SUPER rigged. Jay Electronica’s and Freddie Gibbs albums were very well received within both the Hip Hop community and amongst critics (though we all know critical acclaim means little with these things) but yea this is definitely Nas’s year!

     

    He’s the GOAT in my book and there’s no way he could go his entire career without at least one Gramophone.

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