The only genre of music with sales increases was hip-hop, so it makes sense that this genre is one of the most competitive. In fact, it was such a good year for hip-hop that many good releases were overshaddowed by phenomenal ones. Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West released some of the best albums of all time, and Ludacris, Big Boi, and Young Money released stellar Platinum efforts. This gives this year’s Grammy’s so much competition. These are our picks, now comment on this, and tell us yours.
Best Rap Solo Performance
▪ “Over” – Drake
▪ “Not Afraid” – Eminem
▪ “How Low” – Ludacris
▪ “I’m Back” – T.I.
▪ “Power” – Kanye West
Critics loved Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it was named Album of the Year by multiple publications, but because the album was not released in time to be elegible for the Grammys Kanye’s only nomination comes from the album’s lead single the incredible, cocky, and high-production Power.
The best track on this list is Drake’s Over. The top ten hit’s sweeping orchestral mix and fast pacing lyrics defintely proved that Drake is one of the best rappers of all time.
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
▪ “Shutterbugg” – Big Boi & Cutty
▪ “Fancy” – Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
▪ “On To The Next One” – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
▪ “My Chick Bad” – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
▪ “Lose My Mind” – Young Jeezy & Plies
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One of the Grammy’s biggest snubs came from Big Boi’s critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of 2010. I would not be surprised if the Academy gives Big Boi the trophy following the snub.
Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz’s On to the Next One failed to achieve commerical success, but was one of the craziest rap songs of all time. The academy is a fan of Jay, and could give him the gramaphone.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
▪ “Nothin’ On You” – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
▪ “Deuces” – Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
▪ “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
▪ “Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
▪ “Wake Up Everybody” – John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common
In one of my favorite catefories of the night it blend both hard-core rap (Dueces), sweet pop (Nothin’ On You), deep lyrical triumphs (Love the Way You Lie), and fun songs (Wak Up Everybody). John Legend will probably take home the trophy because of its mass appeal to the academy voters.
Love is a lyrical masterpiece blended with the sweet voice of Rihanna and the deep mastermind that is Emineminem
Best Rap Song
▪ “Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alica Keys
▪ “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem and Rihanna
▪ “Not Afraid” – Eminem
▪ “Nothin’ On You” – B.o.B. and Bruno Mars
▪ “On To The Next One” – Jay-Z and Swizz Beats
For a category that rewards lyrics it is obvious that Eminem and Rihanna should be victorious. The song represents love and hate and abuse.
The fast talking On To The Next One is a lyrical masterpiece.
Best Rap Album
▪ The Adventures Of Bobby Ray – B.o.B
▪ Thank Me Later – Drake
▪ Recovery – Eminem
▪ The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
▪ How I Got Over – The Roots
Recovery by Eminem
Thank Me Later by Drake