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Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Pick To Win Best Rap Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

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Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Pick To Win Best Rap Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?

21 Savage, Dreamville, Meek Mill, Tyler, The Creator and YBN Cordae are up for one of the most coveted rap categories. Who do you think voters should choose?

GRAMMYs/Dec 24, 2019 - 02:58 am

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.

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Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

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Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category

GRAMMYs/Nov 20, 2019 - 06:28 pm

The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.

Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville                                                                        

 
This star-studded compilation album from 11-time GRAMMY nominee J. Cole and his Dreamville Records imprint features appearances from some of the leading and fastest-rising artists in hip-hop today, including label artists EARTHGANG, J.I.D, and Ari Lennox, plus rappers T.I, DaBaby, and Young Nudy, among many others. Recorded in Atlanta across a 10-day recording session, Revenge of the Dreamers III is an ambitious project that saw more than 300 artists and producers contribute to the album, resulting in 142 recorded tracks. Of those recordings, 18 songs made the final album, which ultimately featured contributions from 34 artists and 27 producers.

Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.

Championships – Meek Mill

In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.

i am > i was – 21 Savage

Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.

IGOR – Tyler, The Creator

The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.

The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae

Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.

Luis Fonsi To Maluma: Who Will Win Record Of The Year Latin GRAMMY?

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Luis Fonsi To Maluma: Who Will Win Record Of The Year Latin GRAMMY?

Cast your vote. Who will voters choose for Record Of The Year at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards?

GRAMMYs/Oct 1, 2017 - 08:57 pm

Including the likes of Shakira and Carlos Vives to Natalia Lafourcade, Marc Anthony, Jesse & Joy, and Alejandro Sanz, the previous Latin GRAMMY winners for Record Of The Year reads like a who's who of Latin music. This year's nominees are no different.

With Rubén Blades' sensual "La Flor De La Canela," Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee's song of the summer "Despacito," Residente's impactful "Guerra," Ricky Martin with Maluma's Vente Pa' Ca," and Jorge Drexler's "El Surco," among others, this year's class of 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards nominees for Record Of The Year is loaded.  

Which song do you think will take home the Latin GRAMMY for Record Of The Year? Cast your vote below.

Rolling Loud Festival Los Angeles Reveals 2019 Lineup

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Rolling Loud Festival Los Angeles Reveals 2019 Lineup

Find out who's bringing the heat to the hip-hop fest returning to L.A. this December

GRAMMYs/Oct 2, 2019 - 12:11 am

Today, Rolling Loud revealed the massive lineup for their final music festival of 2019, Rolling Loud Los Angeles, which is set to take over the Banc of California Stadium and adjacent Exposition Park on Dec. 14–15.

This iteration of "the Woodstock of Hip-Hop," as the all-knowing Diddy has called it, will feature Chance the RapperLil Uzi VertJuice WRLDYoung Thug and Lil Baby as Saturday's heavy-hitting headliners. Sunday's headliners are none other than Future, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, YG and Playboi Carti.

L.A.'s own Blueface, Tyga and Doja Cat, are slated to perform, as well as representatives from the diverse rap scenes across the country, including Wale, Juicy J, Lil Yachty, Megan Thee Stallion, Gunna, Tyla Yaweh, Machine Gun Kelly and Yung Gravy.

The lineup announcement follows the successful wrap of Rolling Loud Bay Area in Oakland this past weekend. The event's flagship Miami event took place in May this year, and the New York and Hong Kong debut editions will both take place later this month.

Tickets for Rolling Loud L.A. go on sale this Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. PST. The complete lineup and more info on this event and their other fests can be found here.

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Connecticut Declared Tuesday As "Meek Mill Day" For Rapper's Tour Stop

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Connecticut Declared Tuesday As "Meek Mill Day" For Rapper's Tour Stop

The state becomes the third government to honor the bestselling rapper with special recognition for his social-justice activism

GRAMMYs/Mar 21, 2019 - 03:46 am

On March 19, right before rapper Meek Mill performed at Hartford's Xfinity Theater, the State of Connecticut presented the social-justice advocate and battle rapper with the key to the state, declaring the day of his Motivation Tour stop there as "Meek Mill Day." The declaration follows just after his hometown Philadelphia declared March 15–17 "Meek Mill Weekend" and reflects growing awareness of the criminal justice reform issues the rapper champions.

TMZ has an exclusive pic of the backstage presentation by state Rep. Brandon McGee and notes Houston was first, declaring Feb. 24 as Meek Mill Day, Connecticut is the first to honor Meek Mill on the state level. The rapper's Motivation Tour is approaching its March 24 final date in Atlanta, but appreciation for his efforts seems bound to continue.

On Jan. 23, Meek Mill and Jay-Z joined with Van Jones and sports team owners to announce their creation of the Reform Alliance at the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Meek Mill explained that, "The system is basically targeted at people that look like me." His own troubled experience with incarceration and parole gives him first-hand credibility and his activism on behalf of legal fairness is widely admired. The way Jay-Z put it in Januray was, "These things are disproportionate, and the whole world knows it."

The release of Meek Mill's album Championships on Nov. 30 took him to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the second time, on the Dec. 15 chart. His three previous albums landed at the No. 2 or No. 3 slot. To have two city governments and one state government recognize his combination of music, message and activism adds to this exceptional track record and builds anticipation for what's ahead.

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