55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees (Rap)

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Here are the Grammy nominations in the categories relevant to people who read Rap blogs. Notable noms include Wale for “Lotus Flower Bomb” (he’s speechless) and Snoop and Wiz Khalifa for “Young, Wild & Free” off the Mac & Devin Go to High School soundtrack (so random). Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye and Drake all picked up multiple nods. Also, from here on out you must prefix the name 2 Chainz with “Grammy nominated Rap artist”.

Best Rap Song

“Niggas In Paris” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Daughters” – Nas
“Lotus Flower Bomb” – Wale
“Mercy” – Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
“The Motto” – Drake ft. Lil Wayne
“Young, Wild & Free” – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars

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Video: ASAP Rocky Interview w/ Maurice Garland

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Maurice Garland conducts a quality interview before ASAP’s show at the Masquerade in Atlanta this weekend. ASAP’s answers include what Kanye told him about the Grammy’s and a quick roasting of the interviewer.

Props: Maurice Garland

Previously: ASAP Rocky Brings Out Freeway & Young Chris in Philly (Video)

Video: Drake’s Grammys Q&A w/ Billboard

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Drake talks Grammy nominations, the “Moment 4 Life” video, his Jordan collection and touring. In part 2 after the jump, he answers more fan questions and talks about rap being exciting right now.

Props to Billboard.

Related: Drake postpones “It’s Never Enough” to focus on Take Care

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Video: Kanye Interview w/ Access Hollywood

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Kanye sits down with Access Hollywood and talks about the new movie/album. After the jump, he talks about taking a year off and then addresses the Grammy’s for snubbing 808s & Heartbreak and albums like FutureSex/LoveSounds or Gnarls Barkley in years prior.

Related: Amazon has one of the five alternate album covers [via YAF]

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CBS Responds to Over Censorship Claims

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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After websites such as NYMag’s Vulture, Miss Info’s blog, as well as  this one decided to speak up about the over censorship we heard (or didn’t hear) on last night’s East Coast broadcast of The Grammy’, CBS released this statement to The Associated Press (via MTV) today:

“It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn’t meet our broadcast standards,” said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. “We have great respect for artists’ creative freedom, but there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.”

Again, if the artist in question omitted the words themselves, was there really a need for the blanket censorship? How about we sat through Lady Gaga’s face for three hours and didn’t get to hear half of the song.

Link: Silence wasn’t golden when Grammys bleeped lyrics [The AP]

Miss Info’s (who has some experience with these kind of things) hunch:

I know what the real problem was. When you hit the “dump button” for a curse word, it takes time for the system to reload. So…it actually takes out more than just the offensive word. Live-censoring is a sloppy science. When the awards aired on the WestCoast, they were able to finetune the clean-up.

That might be true, but throughout the whole broadcast they were showing scenes from upcoming moments before the commercial break, how did they let the one “iffy” performance be the only live footage they aired. Damn shame.

Why Kanye Ditched The Grammy’s

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

It was announced on Thursday that Drake, Lil Wayne & Eminem (along with Travis Barker) would be performing at The Grammy’s tonight, but Kanye West’s name wasn’t brought up. AllHipHop‘s hunch is that it’s because they snubbed Kanye’s 808’s & Heartbreaks, even though his song “Amazing” and 4 other songs that he was featured on were up nominated tonight.

Yesterday, Drake told The Canadian Press that Kanye will not be joining them because he might be working on his project, and Travis Barker told MTV he heard pretty much the same thing. Continue reading this post…

This Year’s Grammy Rehearsal

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

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Oliver just threw up a comparative essay of last year’s Grammy rehearsal for “Swagger Like Us” and this photo of Lil Wayne, Drake & Eminem rehearsing “Forever.”

Man how time soars.

Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem & Travis Barker to Perform at The Grammy’s

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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It seemed odd when Eminem performed his Forever verse solo at the AMA’s, but his go round these four gentlemen will be performing what can be none other than Travis’ remix of the song live from The 52nd Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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Where are you Yeezy?

Flashback: Remember last year’s Grammy weekend? Drake released his Grammy-nominated So Far Gone mixtape that following Friday.

Video: The Grammy’s (Abridged Version)

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Coldplay feat. Jay-Z – Lost+ / Viva La Vida

If this isn’t your kinda thing, hit the jump for everything under the sun.

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Video: Lil Wayne x David Letterman’s Top 10

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This wasn’t that well written but the little guy saved the segment with:

Pause.

Previously: Lil Wayne Interview w/ Katie Couric (Full Video)