Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Pick To Win Best Rap Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?
Rap has hands down become the most popular genre heard across the country today. The last couple of years have continued that narrative and birthed some of the most anticipated rap albums (Meek Mill's Championships) and brought us the solo debuts of promising talent (YBN Cordae's The Lost Boy). The 2020 GRAMMY Best Rap Album category features the two rappers, as well as an array of other voices that make up the wide-ranging hip-hop spectrum, from provocateur Tyler, The Creator's love-infused Igor to the collective sound of the J. Cole-led Revenge Of The Dreamers III.
We are weeks away from the Biggest Night In Music and while the tough choice is left up to Recording Academy voters, we want to know who you want to see come out on top. Vote below to let us know.
'I Am > I Was'- 21 Savage
This could be the year four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage takes his first golden gramophone home. The Atlanta rapper's sophomore album I Am > I Was earned the nod perhaps for writing with what Pitchfork called "grisly clarity and humor." The album reflects on some of the challenges he's faced on his rise, as well as themes like love and loyalty, and features his whisper flow he's come to be known for.
'Revenge Of The Dreamers III'- Dreamville
North Carolina rapper J. Cole and his label, Dreamville Records, round up some of the most promising rappers and artists in Revenge Of The Dreamers III, the third compilation of a series that began in 2014. 34 artists and 27 producers join forces, from in and out of the label, to bring an album that gathers different sounds and perspectives, including Ari Lennox and Da Baby. Ultimately, "Cole has provided the ultimate platform for underground artists to succeed," Consequence of Sound wrote about the album.
'Championships'- Meek Mill
In his first album since his release from prison, Meek Mill gathers some of the biggest names in music—Drake, Jay-Z and Cardi B just to name a few—to touch on the prison industrial complex, trauma faced by poor, working-class black communities and ultimately, his rise above it all. Rolling Stone compares aspects of Mill's music to New York heavy-hitters: "The ultimate result is an inspired release that hearkens back to the Roc-a-Fella days of the mid-Aughts, full of diaristic writing, song-cry beats and ridiculous skills."
'Igor'- Tyler, The Creator
Igor is the album that finds "Tyler leaning deeper into earnest emotional expression than ever before." the Fader wrote about the California rapper's sixth album. Featuring, Kanye West, Playboi Carti and more, love is the biggest star. Just listen to "Earfquake": "Riding around, your love be shakin’ me up/ And it's making my heart break," Tyler sings in a joint effort with Carti.
'The Lost Boy'- YBN Cordae
YBN Cordae came onto the scene with the YBN crew, but his solo debut shows us a side of the DMV-raised rapper we hadn't seen yet. In 15 tracks, the introspective album takes us into Cordae's humble beginnings. Eating instant ramen because he had to, the death of his grandmother, seeing family members affected by domestic violence, reflecting on the success he's received, are among some of the stories the rising rapper pens. "Cordae's redemption tale shows a promising voice bursting into the mainstream," Pitchfork said.
Tune into the 2020 GRAMMYs on CBS Jan. 26 to find out who takes the award.