So I was reading this article about how Macklemore might win the Grammy for the best album and about how his messages might be perverted because his hip-hop is too … nice.
At the end of the article, the author complains about thow other hip-hop artists that deserve the big prize, might lose it because of “marketing considerations” and because some “above the line entity” might want to promote the positive messages in Macklemores lyrics. The author says that:
The Heist isn’t even the best rap album on the Album Of The Year list. Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city is a transcendent listening experience, and one of the best rap debuts of all time. The album tells the tale of a day in Compton where socioeconomic factors, poor education, and peer pressure turn an honor roll student into a child lost in the street.
And I went right to youtube to listen to the so much better album that would deserve a Grammy according to the author. I did this because if the album was so good I would recommended it to my boyfriend, because he started listening to a lot of rock music recently because he said no good hip-hop is made anymore. And while listening I got pissed off a little. Why? Because Grammy Album of the year award is given for the quality of music. Also, we are talking about Album of the year, not Hip-hop album of the year. At least that’s I thought, so please correct me if I’m wrong. Keeping this in mind, meaning – the quality of the music – the album mentioned by the author is mediocre at least. While listening the album I recognized a lot of hip-hop cliché elements (sirens, shooting, nigga random dialog, etc) and I am pretty sure I have heard before some of the instrumental parts, in older hip-hop songs. Yeah, the sin of being born too early.
All this considered, I think Macklemore’s “The Heist” should win the Grammy for Album of the year and the main reason for it is that is a damn good album. It is not the Hip-hop album of the year though. Because if Hip-hop means all I mentioned earlier + the dark message, we might say that Macklemore does not do Hip-hop actually. He just raps. :D