It’s that time of year again, when artists join past legends and attach some flair to their name with “Grammy nominated” and/or “Grammy winner”. While everyone places a different importance of actually winning a Grammy, it is one of those things that they had to wonder about when they first picked up the pen. How would it feel to win a Grammy for something they’ve created from an idea and made it reality through music? It has to be an indescribable feeling. The music talent pool is deep with limited spots for nominees in the Rap category, so who are the lucky few afforded an opportunity to stand victorious this Sunday? Let’s take a look and see:
Best Rap Performance Nominees:
Childish Gambino – 3005
Rapper/actor or Actor/rapper? Better yet let’s just call him the creative known as Gambino who just keeps getting better “no matter what you say or what you do.” He makes an appearance for his smooth, straight forward track off Because of the Internet.
Drake – O to 100 / The Catch Up
The name should be no surprise, only thing the committee probably had to decide is which song to nominate him for. Drake dominated last year as things went “0 to 100 real quick.”
Eminem – Rap God
One of the most elite lyricists we have ever witnessed makes an appearance with the track that boasts an appropriate title for his level of skill. Eminem has won several before but he doesn’t need an award to “feel like a Rap God.”
Kendrick Lamar – i
“We got a young brother that stands for something…” The Compton product looks to keep the Grammy local as he shows up for his uptempo “i” which carries a message many needed to hear and proves his purpose is bigger than music.
Lecrae – All I Need Is You
Purpose continued. The rapper who openly shows his love of Christ in a creative way that many have not seen at this level, makes an appearance for his track off the superb album Anomaly. Win or lose, he already has all he needs.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Nominees:
Common featuring Jhene Aiko – Blak Majik
The soulful duo makes magic for an incredible record off Common‘s album Nobody’s Smiling. With the assistance of Jhene Aiko, he may be “sticking out his chest to shine” on stage holding another Grammy.
Eminem featuring Rihanna – The Monster
When these two join forces you can always expect the best, the proof is not only in this year’s appearance but the fact the duo was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 as well. If we said they may take it home this time around, would “you think I’m crazy?”
ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake – Tuesday
Another OVO Grammy? It is a possibility this year thanks to the popular collaboration that turned a lot of work weeks into a party midway through. Only time will reveal if the OVO leader will have “the squad going up” on stage Sunday night with a win.
Schoolboy Q featuring BJ The Chicago Kid – Studio
TDE shows up once again as these two hit the studio for one of the hottest records of the year. Turn on your radio listen to three songs, it is almost a guarantee it would be played once – “the song so f*cking dope.”
Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson – Bound 2
Incredible. This amazing collab was featured on the Yeezus project which broke new grounds in several ways. Adding Uncle Charlie was a brilliant move and one that is bound to improve their chances of grabbing another Grammy.
Best Rap Song Nominees:
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
The night social media crashed = when the Anaconda video was released. The impact she has due to talent, work ethic and an insane “Barbz” following supporting every move – no surprise she landed on the list and competitors really “don’t want none.”
Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson – Bound 2
In case you felt as if we were overselling how great this song was in the above mention, this should put an end to such thoughts as it appears in two categories. It may be victory bound and you know it now.
Kendrick Lamar – i
K. Dot makes the strong statement that music with a message still holds enormous weight, appearing for a second time on the list. Not only would a win be big for Kendrick and the TDE camp but it would also force fans to look more towards substance.“But you can’t do that without loving yourself first”
Wiz Khalifa – We Dem Boyz
“Hol’ Up Hol’ Up” no need to as Wiz Khalifa continues to reach new heights, this time landing on the 2015 Grammy nomination list. Regardless of the outcome, Taylor Gang is still making noise.
Drake – 0 to 100/ The Catch Up
With Drake showing up in all three categories thus far, he may not be the greatest but he’s headed for it. Making it seem effortless at this point, something tells me we may be watching OVO on stage all night.
Best Rap Album Nominees:
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
The artist that made her presence well known throughout, shows up this year in hopes of landing a Grammy for the best body of work. In a sense, this category is probably the most coveted by newer artists allowing them to firmly plant their foot in the door. Can Iggy pull it off?
Childish Gambino – Because of the Internet
The creative mind that is Gambino finds himself on the list for a second time because of the internet, a very unique widespread appeal and an exceptional album. It would be funny if he wins…not talking down on his talent but just because as a comedian his acceptance speech would have an added element.
Common – Nobody’s Smiling
After taking home a Golden Globe award with fellow G.O.O.D Music member John Legend for “Glory”, it would be incredible for the Chicago role model to add a Grammy to an already impressive 2015 resume. He will have a couple of chances to do so and may just need to stay on the stage following his scheduled performance to give his acceptance speech if things go as planned.
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2
Another great album from Eminem featuring amazing collaborations with Rihanna (also Grammy nominated), Kendrick Lamar and Nate Ruess. That is not including (Grammy nominated) “Rap God” and a few other tracks where Em showcases why he is one of the greats. With 13 Grammy awards under his belt, does he have room for more?
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
The TDE camp continues to impress us all as Schoolboy Q appears on the nomination list after his major label debut Oxymoron. As mentioned previously, it has to be an amazing confidence booster for an artist to have their very first album mentioned in the same sentence as Grammy. Can Q walk away with the award? Don’t be surprised if you see a bucket hat at the podium Sunday night.
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood
Taylor Gang…Taylor Gang. The man Wiz Khalifa is back in the running for a Grammy after making a few appearances the last few years. He has always shown up for individual songs, but this is the first time he is being recognized for a full body of work. That in itself is progression, but we’re sure Wiz wants to take one back to Pittsburgh this time around.
Be sure to tune in Sunday, February 8th at 8/7C to catch the winners and live performances on CBS.