[REVIEW] 2014 Grammy Predictions x Rap

grammys_rapAs similar to the 2013 list, Jay-Z and Kanye West are both nominated in most of the rap categories. But with Kendrick Lamar’s rise to fame, expect him to shake things up for East Coast rappers this year.

Best Rap Performance (Category 22)
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Jay Z – “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz) – “Thrift Shop”

Who Should Win: Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

Who Will Win: Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

As “Tom Ford” became annoyingly commercial this year, Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools” had a near six month rise to fame and ended up within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Category 23)
J. Cole (feat. Miguel) – “Power Trip”
Jay Z (feat. Beyoncé) – “Part II (On The Run)”
Jay Z (feat. Justin Timberlake) – “Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar (feat. Mary J. Blige) – “Now Or Never”
Wiz Khalifa (feat. The Weeknd) – “Remember You”

Who Should Win: J. Cole’s “Power Trip”

Who Will Win: Jay Z (feat. Beyoncé) – “Part II (On The Run)”

J.Cole’s ‘Best Rap Album’ snub went widely noticed, so I’m expecting his nomination in this category to face the same fate unfortunately, as the 2013-14 ‘Power 100’ couple will undoubtedly win this category.

Best Rap Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 24)
ASAP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar) – “F***in’ Problems”
Songwriters: Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers, and Noah Shebib
Jay Z (feat. Justin Timberlake) – “Holy Grail”
Songwriters: Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake, and Ernest Wilson (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, sampled songwriters)
Kanye West – “New Slaves”
Songwriters: Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Sham Joseph, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Travis Scott, Che Smith, Kanye West, and Cydell Young (Anna Adamis and Gabor Presser, sampled songwriters)
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Songwriters: W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham, and Noah Shebib (Bruno Sanfilippo, sampled songwriters)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz) – “Thrift Shop”
Songwriters: Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis

Who Should Win: ASAP Rocky’s “F***in’ Problems”

Who Will Win: Kanye West’s “New Slaves”

In terms of lyricism, Kanye’s “New Slaves” is the clear winner, but it’s worth mentioning that twelve additional people are credited for the songwriting process here.

Best Rap Album (Category 25)
Drake – ‘Nothing Was The Same’
Jay Z – ‘Magna Carta…Holy Grail’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘The Heist’
Kanye West – ‘Yeezus’

Who Should Win: Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

Who Will Win: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’

While ‘Yeezus’ was a groundbreaking album for the culture of rap, Kendrick’s “Control” verse (which isn’t even on the nominated album) has created more than enough buzz for him to hopefully win his first Grammy ever.

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