GRAMMYs: Here’s Who Should’ve Been Nominated for Best Rap Album

Yeah, the GRAMMYs f*cked up. Again.
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Who Should Be Nominated for the 2020 GRAMMYs

Well, the GRAMMYs got it wrong, again. The goodwill they earned with 2018’s nominations has been all but squandered.

As a staff, we realized the Best Rap Album category was missing a few key names, so we decided to deliver the piece of content you’ve all been waiting for: Who should have been nominated for Best Rap Album, complete with winners. 

Before we begin, it’s important to note the eligibility period (October 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019) and the five nominees for Best Rap Album:

Revenge of the Dreamers III Dreamville
ChampionshipsMeek Mill
I am > I was21 Savage
IGORTyler, The Creator
The Lost BoyYBN Cordae

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[Editor's Note: After publishing this article, it was brought to our attention that several staff selections are outside of the GRAMMYs formal eligibility period. We feel strongly these albums are deserving of the nods and so we are not removing them. Deal with it.]

Kenan Draughorne

The Nominees:

Revenge of the Dreamers III — Dreamville
Eve — Rapsody
The Lost Boy — YBN Cordae
Championships — Meek Mill
So Much Fun — Young Thug

Their Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
My Winner: Championships — Meek Mill

IGOR isn’t a rap album, but it’s probably going to win Best Rap Album. The GRAMMYS.

Clarissa Brooks

The Nominees:

Perfect Ten — Mustard
Revenge of the Dreamers III — Dreamville
Eve — Rapsody
Mirrorland — EarthGang
Brandon Banks — Maxo Kream 

Their Winner: Revenge of the Dreamers III — Dreamville
My Winner: Eve — Rapsody

GRAMMY nominations are especially heartbreaking for artists and fans because they reflect this idea there is a standard of artist that will always be recognized. Most times, the artists who are highlighted never stray outside of the conventional ideas of success. Hip-hop and R&B are genres of the most marginalized voices and to see this institution continually highlight radio successes over talent is disrespectful to the folks who fight to be seen in this industry. 

Dylan "CineMasai" Green

The Nominees:

Still Summer In The Projects — 03 Greedo & Mustard
Long Money — Peewee Longway & Money Man
Pretty Face — Deem Spencer
Fever — Megan Thee Stallion
LIL BIG MAN —  Maxo

Their Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
My Winner: Fever — Megan Thee Stallion 

I’m genuinely impressed with Lil Nas X’s rise from Nicki Minaj stan account admin to GRAMMY-nominated superstar with an infectious RIAA Diamond-certified single to his name in less than a year. So for all intents and purposes, The Recording Academy should properly reflect the musical sensibilities of the 2020s by nominating r/HipHopHeads moderators and Zahara Noel to the board next year. Imagine the numbers. 

Hershal Pandya

The Nominees:

IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
So Much Fun — Young Thug
May The Lord Watch — Little Brother
Eve — Rapsody
Diaspora — GoldLink

Their Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
My Winner: May The Lord Watch — Little Brother

In 2019, the GRAMMYs are like an operational travel agency: as baffling as they are out of touch. I legitimately don’t know what to make of their methodology anymore, so I’m safely predicting they’ll give the prize to IGOR, the best album of the bunch. Meanwhile, my proposed list of nominees is a fantasy-draft where I tried to represent a diverse cross-section of the genre as it exists today, in all its heterogeneous glory.

Kevin Morency

The Nominees:

Mirrorland — EarthGang
FOTO — Kota the Friend
So Much Fun — Young Thug
Confetti — Jack Harlow
Live On Ice — tobi lou

Their Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
My Winner: Mirrorland — EarthGang

I don’t need to say anything more about the GRAMMYs and their selection process; Drake said it all last year

Zachary Miller

The Nominees:

IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
Bandana — Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
DIE FOR MY BITCH — Baby Keem
Die A Legend — Polo G
Anger Management — Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats

Their Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
My Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator

Now we’re talking. I’ll still stay with IGOR as the winner, and there are 10 other albums I want to include, but the only necessary message is to forget the GRAMMYs and listen to Baby Keem. Award shows should highlight a spectrum of interesting projects, not just rote collaborative bangers or earnest-yet-stale attempts to emulate your parents’ record collections. The GRAMMYs are drunk—let’s call them a Lyft and take their place. 

Yoh

The Nominees:

Everything Sale — Boogie
So Much Fun — Young Thug
Bandana — Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Gilda — Kemba
Baby on Baby — DaBaby 

Their Winner: i am > i was — 21 Savage
My Winner: So Much Fun — Young Thug

Award shows are only good at raising the blood pressure of its viewers. They’re like cigarettes—hard to quit once they have you hooked. It’ll be a warm winter in Wyoming before the populace stops caring about The GRAMMYs, which is fine. We all need something harmless to yell about. I won’t be yelling this year, because I won’t be watching, not out of boycott, but because I have the music, I don’t need anything else. Send me all the memes, though. 

Donna-Claire Chesman

The Nominees:

X100PRE — Bad Bunny
Eve — Rapsody
Hiding Places — billy woods
Fever — Megan Thee Stallion
IGOR — Tyler, The Creator 

Their Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator
My Winner: IGOR — Tyler, The Creator

The GRAMMYs always hurt my feelings, man. I’m confused about all the categories. I am confused about why IGOR isn’t nominated for Album of the Year. I’m confused about why we are snubbing Ari Lennox and Solange at every turn. I’m wondering when Bad Bunny will get his due, considering he “crosses over” every time he releases a verse. It’s probably best to divest from award shows meant to uphold broken institutions, but playing along is just more fun.

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