The rap nominees were pretty much in line with what I figured. Jay-Z still has multiple nominations, T-Pain is still the collabo king, and Kanye is still in the mix of it all.
Lil Wayne is charting unfamiliar territory with his nomination for rap album of the year which is a first for Wayne who released his first solo album in 1999.
My picks are as follows:
Best Rap Solo Performance:
Favorite: Jay-Z – Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)
In the midst of all the repetitive dope boy anthems that were circulating at the time, Jay dressed it up.
Darkhorse: Lil Wayne – A Milli
This song was the manifestation of all the grinding Wayne had done over the past two years. He’s ill.
Love to see: Nas – Nigger
Hard to explain how one of the most anticipated albums of the year is also one of the most slept on. I don’t want to even imagine how many people haven’t heard this song.
Best Rap Performance By a Duo Or Group:
Favorite Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West:– Put On
This joint is the hands down anthem of the year. From the same combo that gave us last year’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”.
Darkhorse: Jay-Z & T.I. feat Kanye West and Lil Wayne – Swagga Like Us
Too many big names to not give it a nod. Plus, it was our introduction to Kanye’s new international sound.
Love to see: Big Boi feat. Raekwon and Andre 3000 – Royal Flush
Anytime storytellers touch up a track like this it needs to be included on some type of list.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
Favorite: John Legend & Andre 3000 – Green Light
John Legend takes a step away from the piano with an assist from Mr. Benjamin. 3000’s flow is on fire right now.
Darkhorse: Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos – Superstar
It isn’t really much of a darkhorse though. Superstar should arguably win every category it’s in.
Love to see: Green Light will do just fine
Best Rap Song:
Favorite: Lupe Fiasco – Superstar
It was an anthem of it’s on kind.
Darkhorse: Lil Wayne – Lollipop
Here’s another darkhorse that could easily be a favorite.
Love to see: Superstar
Best Rap Album:
Favorite: Lil Wayne – The Carter III
After selling over 1 million units it’s hard to see T-Pain’s better half not win this one.
Darkhorse: Jay-Z – American Gangster
Jay’z low-key classic brought him back from the wilderness of 2006’s ill-received Kingdom Come.
Love to see: Nas – Untitled
Of course this would never happen, but Obama did get elected. The day an album like this can win a Grammy is the day everything is right with the world.
Of course there isn’t a category for best rap video, but here’s my darkhorse, lol: