GRAMMY Analysis: Best Rap/Sung Performance (2017)


Back in 2002, the year when the Grammy’s gave out their 1st ever award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, the winning song was “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” by Eve & Gwen Stefani.

The reason why I used to like this award so much was because it represented the bridge between the rap community and the R&B community.  Not just R&B, but pop and every other song form/style where singing is the focus (as opposed to rapping, of course).

That collaboration element appealed to me.  Great collaborations are a thing of beauty.

But now, as of 2017, no collaboration necessary.

In 2017, according to the Recording Academy, the award has been changed “to represent the current state and future trajectory of rap by expanding the category beyond collaborations between rappers and vocalists to include recordings by a solo artist who blurs the lines between rapping and singing.” (June 2016 Grammy press release).

Meaning solo recordings are no longer excluded.  But also meaning (potentially) the award could be dominated by solo superstars.  Potentially.

I respect solo stars who can blend rap and singing elements very, very well.  That’s not the problem.  The problem is removing an award that rewards and requires a team-based vocal performance and creative collaboration, and replacing it with another solo dolo superstar artist award.

2 categories woulda been cool.  Rap/Sung Performance AND Rap/Sung Collaboration.  That makes the playing field more interesting.  Because you get to see awesome collaborative cross-genre efforts AND amazing solo performances both get a win.  2 great categories that both emphasize mixing rap with other music?  How awesome would that be?

But yo, congratulations to Drake, because “Hotline Bling” is clearly the winner here, no contest.

2017 Grammy Award Winner for Best Rap/Sung Performance:

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Drizzy Drake – The greatly hated but still underrated.

Because let’s be honest.  Drake is smashing what it means to do rap and pop at the same time.  Absolutely demolishing everything.  There is no one near him on a commercial scale, on a number of hits since 2009 for a rapper who pop/rap musica his way across the charts all year every year with such consistency.  The current reigning Billboard rap/pop heavyweight (middleweight?) champion of the Billboard pop music chart machine.

|The Hit Music Academy 2017|


#BETNotarized 2014: Top 100 Videos of the Year (Predictions & List)

BET Notarized 2014

Wassup y’all!  Another year has passed and I want to wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2015.  I’m incredibly grateful for the continued support of all of our readers who consistently come to the blog day in and day out. Read More

#BETNotarized 2013: Top 100 Videos of the Year (List)


Happy New Year everybody!!!  I hope all of you brought it in safely and soundly (and are sleeping off all the alcohol from last night lol).  Seriously though, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve posted this list and there seems to be just as much interest in it as there was in 2010 when Chris Brown’s “Dueces” (feat. Tyga and Kevin McCall) was at the top.  As I do every year, I spent my entire New Year’s Eve glued to the TV in nostalgia and anticipation of what BET’s top videos and moments were.  To my suspicion, the number 1 honor went to “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. and Pharrell) with A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems” (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) as the runner up.  In the end, I enjoyed and agreed with the list as a whole but it reminded me of Hip-Hop’s continued reign over other types of music in the urban community (namely R&B).  Hopefully, 2014 brings a balance of success in both genres so that it reflects in the countdown next time. Read More

#55th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominations (Predictions)

As someone who loves music and monitors the happenings of the industry from year to year, it’s always exciting to speculate which artists, albums and records were impactful enough to receive Grammy nominations.  On Wednesday, December, 5, 2012, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) will be unveiling the nods for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony which will be broadcast February 10, 2013 on CBS (10 PM ET).  Here’s my take on how things are likely to play out in the General Field categories:

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Drake – “The Motto” ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga

Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga
The Motto

You only live once, thats the motto nigga YOLO

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Drake ~ “Make Me Proud” ft. Nicki Minaj

“Make Me Proud” ft. Nicki Minaj

Download “Make Me Proud” on iTunes:

"Make Me Proud" on iTunes

Drake’s sophomore CD Take Care will be released on November 15 ~ featuring “Make Me Proud” and the lead single “Headlines.”

The era of Drake dominance continues…

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