Hours after racking up four Grammy Awards, Hot 97 called Macklemore this morning to speak on his wins and Kendrick Lamar’s snub. Following the ceremony, Mack shared his text message to Kendrick via Instagram.
Biases and preferences aside, the fact that both artists were nominated in non-rap categories is a victory in itself. And in case you’re keeping score, it’s been a decade since two hip-hop albums were nominated for Album Of The Year. Should Kendrick have won Best Rap Album? Perhaps. good kid, m.A.A.d City was remarkable. But on the flip-side, Macklemore shouldn’t feel guilty nor make any apologies for winning. The Heist was an independent release that spawned monstrous singles. Hell, even ScHoolBoy got his first platinum plaque for their collaboration, “White Walls”. The next time the subject of “white privilege” is raised, ask Action Bronson, Asher Roth, Machine Gun Kelly, Rittz, Yelawolf, Mac Miller, Caskey, Chris Webby or Hoodie Allen what happened to their nominations. Better luck next year.