The Grammy award is among the most prestigious event which annually honors groundbreaking achievements in the music industry. It symbolizes a significant value to artist performances and individual style. It’s undoubtedly a yearly event that offers outstanding musicians of varying genres the full respects and special recognition they deserve. Its 61st edition is near and phenomenal things are anticipated to happen there.
However, the Rap album of the year category is not expected to be missing at the big show. The nominees for this category as announced on Dec 7th, 2018 include Cardi B, the late Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle, Push-T and Travis Scott. These projects of these rappers will be evaluated and rated accordingly. In the previous years, all nominees have invested efforts in releasing their albums. Their albums have been hitting the music scene and are still banging on several streets till date.
These unique breeds of rappers contextualize rhymes that connects listeners to a broader realm of life and irresistible pursuits of life. Having Nipsey Hussle on the nomination list is a big wow for the artist and his numerous fans. But minding the point of view of his haters could lead some to question why Nipsey deserves to win the Rap Album of the year category for the next Grammy event. Considering his chanting skills, vocal delivery, rhythmic flows, musical accompaniment as well as rap lyrics, the nomination can still fetch him the award. Of course, he deserves some accolades.Nevertheless, he’s not the only genius who have invested time and effort in making Rap music a bang for the just concluded year. The undeniable dominance of rap music is also motivated by the work of other nominees. Cardi B is a real industry personality whose album, Invasion of privacy endured criticism and eventually created an Iconic picture in mind of music enthusiasts. The strategically selected beats, well-constructed lyrics, and hooks have been helpful in making Cardi B gaining popularity in the entertainment industry.
Also, the 2016 released album of late Mac Miller titled Swimming kept elevating souls in 2018. The rapper took a thoughtful approach to reuse elements of hip-hop music in his vocal delivery. Topping the number 1 slot of billboard 200 could be a strong indication for Travis Scott album to get the Grammy’s Award. It’s safe to say that Pusha-T project – Daytona can make this 2019 Grammy award a tight one for other nominees as well. The bass thumping beat combined with a rerouted rhyme wasn’t only intriguing, they are as well explosive enough to grab listener attention.
The considerable presence of hip hop icons could possible make the struggle for 2019 Rap Album of the year a tight call, but may however not be strong enough to limit Nipsey Hussle chances in taking the award home. The 61st annual Grammy holding at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10, 2019, of course, put everyone on a lookout for the Best Rap Album. As a hometown native believing Nipsey’s album will shine at the event is never far from the reality.
Nipsey has been a product even before mounting the musical stage. He has spent several years operating independently before partnering with Atlantic records for the released of his Album –Victory lap. The quality of his sound production, attention-grabbing stories embedded in his album really filled some great vacuum in the Hip Hop arena.
Nipsey deserves the Grammy award for the following reasons :
1. Unique musical style:
Nipsey’s way of doing things is quite exceptional. He understands the essence of music and always strive hard to vocalize his passion through his unique rapping style. His countless hours of meditation on how things should work are reflected in his album.
With a responsibility to bridge the gap existing in the industry, Nipsey’s used his enthusiasm to fuel the grooming of more strong black men. Unlike some other artist who out of a thirst for fame and money encouraged racism, the Los Angeles born rapper took a new perspective to build a community filled with love, success, and harmony.
There are several lessons to take from his musical style, but a prominent type is to accept the fact that toughness is weaved in the representation of manhood.
2. Rich lyrical content:
While the clock to officially hit the grammy’s championship podium is ticking, it’s good you understand that Nipsey’s rhymes are not always quotable instantly, though most of them are. Instead, they steadily unveil fortune-cookie wisdom that makes us have to listen all over again. Take, for instance, the verse:
“this ain’t entertainment, it’s for niggas on the slave ship. These songs just the spirituals I swam against them waves with. Ended up on shore to their amazement, Now I hope the example I set’s not contagious”
These words rapped on “Dedication” don’t connect at first, but triggers a powerful inspiration in the long run.
3. Effortlessly standard:
It’s a known fact that debuts are always first albums. One would have expected several flaws from Nipsey’s release, but his work took a new dimension. Characterized by impressive lyrical features and fantastic production quality, Nipsey’s project was a surprise to all. The bumping beats, seamless flows and clear message of hustling are surprising. The 11 tracks and the hour-long album reflects the substantial effort of making rapping songs music for everyone. Integrating these efforts are enough to help Nipsey to the top of the competition. A no-win action for Nipsey Hussle could deter Grammy’s credibility. That could make the event communicate fair cluelessness and unjustness in celebrating creativity and commitment to quality work in the hip hop industry. This is not to say that the event should scrap the “ Rap award section’ from its program, rather it’s a reaction to the fact that there is limited space left for the new artist.
Some songs received awards from Grammy but don’t involve the inputs of the singers. Additionally, it seems that the prize favors only people who have commercial success. Take, for instance, the like of Eminem, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar has been getting the reward over time.
When it comes to rapping, the determination to break barriers and adhere to lyrical masterpiece ought to be celebrated. Taking a risk by letting Nipsey’s work win the Rap album of the year award will be a clear indication that Grammy is still dedicated to its core purpose – celebrating, honoring and sustaining the music industry.