Drake Admits That The Best Rap Albums Don’t Always Win Grammys

The Grammy's rap awards are more a matter of popularity than anything else.

By Jamilah King Feb 12, 2014

Drake decided to enter the fray in the Macklemore vs. Kendrick Lamar Grammy controversy. When asked by Rolling Stone to comment on Macklemore’s infamous "You got robbed" apology text to Kendrick after his big win for best rap album, Drake didn’t hold back, saying, "That shit was whack as fuck."

"I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,’" he told Rolling Stone. "It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"

That’s the comment that’s getting all the headlines, but what was actually even more interesting was Drake’s admission that the best albums don’t always win at the Grammy’s.

"This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit."

Of all people, Drake should know. In 2013, he took home the award for Best Rap Album for his second album "Take Care," beating out a The Root’s phenomenal "Undun." In fact, there are about two dozen hip-hop stalwarts, including 2pac, Biggie, Rakim and Nas, who have fewer Grammy’s than Macklemore. 

The big picture? The Grammy’s rap awards are more a matter of popularity than anything else. That doesn’t mean that the albums that win aren’t good, but usually, they’re not the best.