Who would’ve ever thought that hip-hop would take it this far? The Notorious B.I.G. posed the question on his 1994 classic “Juicy,” and the 2012Grammy nominations prove that hip-hop continues to rise to new heights. For the second year in a row, a rap artist is leading in Grammy nods: Last year it was Eminem, this year Kanye West.
Yeezy’s seven nods take the cake. Two of West’s nominations come in the hotly contested Best Rap Album category; one for his solo My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the other for his and Jay-Z's Watch the Thronetag-team LP.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV,Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday and Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers round out the category, and while the odds are clearly in the Louis Vuitton Don’s favor, he isn’t exactly a lock.
If record sales are any indication, it will be tough to ignore the first-weeksales of Wayne’s Carter IV. The approximate 960,000 units Weezy sold in his first week didn’t earn him a platinum plaque right out of the gate, but it stood as one of the biggest hip-hop stories of 2011. CIV has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA, and though some critics panned it, high-powered singles like “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “She Will” and “John” helped cement Wayne’s ninth solo album as a fan-favorite.
Just like her Young Money boss, Nicki Minaj reigned throughout the year thanks to Pink Friday. Released at the end of 2010 and anchored by the infectious and inescapable bonus track "Super Bass," Nicki’s debut LP helped her to penetrate the pop space while still keeping a foot firmly planted in the streets with her “Did It On ‘Em” single.
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Drake aka Mr. Do Right And Kill Everything dropped his sophomore offering “Take Care” this past Tuesday. If you’re looking for an ecclectic mix of Drizzy’s famous heart-strung-out ballads and IDGAF couplets over hard hitting southern style beats, then you’ve come to the right place. For someone who’s been following him since he had “Room for Improvement”, he’s certainly grown and made his own sound and impact, regardless of what the haters have to say (and they have a lot to say).
Let’s get right into it. We start off with a ballad, no surprises here. I always feel like Drake must be 35,000 feet up in the air while writing, because it’s perfect music for cruising, even if you can’t afford your own G5 jet. “Over My Dead Body” is classic Drake, subtle shots at his haters and braggadacio that says, “I’m confident, but not cocky. Alright kinda cocky I guess”. He shouts out the fans who’ve been with him since “Comeback Season”, and drops gems like “Shoutout to Asian girls, let the lights dim sum”. Nice.
"Shot For me" is Drake crooning about a girl he misses, and how she feels like he’s different now because he’s famous. Oh, the woes of having fame and fortune…but really, this pretty much puts into lyrics what I think about sometimes. Love him or hate him, Drake makes music that is relatable to everyone on a certain level. Although this jam is a bit slower, I still think it hits pretty hard. I like, and I can see this one blowing up.
"Headlines" has been out as a single for awhile, so I’ll keep it brief. Besides the unbelievable "You gon’ make someone around me catch a body like that" which he even addresses in this interview, it’s a stellar song all around with a tough beat. One of the best tracks - too bad it will be played out very soon…(or already is).
The Weeknd really kills it on this joint, and I think “Crew Love” is my favorite cut off the whole album. Drake goes in and does his thing, while The Weeknd swoops in for the kill…There’s something about the beat that rivets me, from the eccentric pounding of the drums that come sporadically, to the piano synth that reminds me of “Moment for Life”. If there’s one track you should listen to, pick this one. A+