Joey Bada$$ Says Kendrick Lamar Deserves Grammys Over Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The Pro Era rapper also says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will win over Kendrick Lamar because their work is "more commercial."

Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are set to contend for Grammy Awards in several categories where the two acts are pitted against one another. Those categories include Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance. 

Recently, Joey Bada$$ spoke about who he thinks will win and who he feels should win the most Grammy Awards when the show is held Sunday (January 26). 

"The reality of it is that Macklemore is going to win over Kendrick," Bada$$ said in an interview with MTV. "He has more record sales, he's more commercial and that's just the reality of it."

Although he says that is a reality for him, Joey also says it's not what he feels should happen. 

"That's Grammys," he said. "That's what you got, but I personally feel like Kendrick deserves that more."

Yesterday (January 23), it was reported that most Grammy Rap committee members felt that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis should not qualify for rap Grammys. This came from an ABC News report which featured a person who attended the general Grammy committee meeting.  

"It's not that they don't think he's a rapper," the person said of the rap committee's decision. "It's just that when you're trying to protect categories and someone has become popular, it should be judged as much...Where does their music exist? Who are their fans?”

RELATED: Grammy Rap Committee Considered Not Having Macklemore & Ryan Lewis In Rap Categories



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  • Anonymous

    GKMC is classic. People still bumping that album. Still think Section 80 is better but GKMC is more complete. Most people probably wouldn't understand the concept of the album if it wasnt for the skits. The Skits made it that much better. GKMC still gets burn to this day.(tho I play section 80 more) Now with all that said some of you people are jumping the band wagon hard. GKMC isn't the best album of the past 5 years. How many albums yall listen to. Sheep. Personally I don't know when the Cool Album came out(Lupe) But that's was more impressive. What happen to Lupe can't stand that nigga now.

    • Anonymous

      Album was hot, a fucking classic real shit. But that Album might not be the best album of that year. Life is Good if you put the Deluxe vs GKMC Deluxe version. Life is Good is without a doubt better.(Mainly with the deluxe version tho.


    Macklemore is exploiting social issues and the gay community to profit. Rappers dont come out of nowhere like that without substantial backing from the music industry. When has corporate music ever wanted good messages to be released through music? Its more about pushing a liberal agenda and trivializing hip-hop with songs like Thrift Shop which shows how insensitive he is to people who actually rely on thrift stores due to low income!!!!

    • Anonymous

      @ Anonymous the big difference is Macklemore isn't gay. Infact I heard he is married.(I heard to a black chick not sure) So not being Gay talking bout what if I was gay makes it a big difference. Even if dudes haven't hustled if you from the streets you been around it one way or another. Also its always a message behind every gun or drug bar. But I wouldn't expect you nerds to understand that.

    • Anonymous

      reposting old comments? whats the difference between exploiting the gay community for profit and exploiting your own people by glamorizing drug dealing and violence for profit like countless other rappers?

  • Anonymous

    GKMC is more commercially appealing than The Heist. ex: trap snares, Drake


    Kendrick Lamar: Single handedly bringing the REAL Hip-Hop back!


    of course kendrick gonna win This album is ahead of its time. Perfection from start to finish. The best hip-hop debut since Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.

  • SpawN

    This album will go down as one of the best albums of all time for any genre just like Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, Ready to Die and the other rap albums that are considered the best of all time. When those albums came out we didn't understand how great they because were very young at the time. Now we have a chance to witness a classic and a legend in the making. The storytelling is amazing. It's like a movie. You can't just listen to a couple of songs or skip through. You have to listen straight through from beginning to end.

  • mafioso

    gkmc is the only albums of the last 3 years that deserves every bit of this rating. This shit is a CLASSIC. and I don't even like kendrick like that

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  • f

    can gkmc be topped ? don't think so

  • fEminem fan

    listening to gkmc really makes every album of the last 10 years (s80 included) sound alot more like mixtapes

  • Jc

    One of the best Album I ever heard!! Point Blank!! and I'm not even a fan.


    Good god, I havent heard an album like this in a GOOD minute. I will actually purchase this rather than download it. If hip hop artist pumped out more stuff like this, labels could move units like it was '98. gkmc needs to win

  • jo

    Amazing album. When I listen to it, it was more than music, it was a story of a person just like me with dreams, fear, dangers, trouble, happiness, adolescence and maturity. He stayed true to his roots he kept it original but different. God bless Kendrick Lamar and hip hop.

  • azert

    kendrick deserves every award for that classic album

  • TheRealness

    Kendrick is good but he's VERY OVERRATED. I like Sec 80 & his other mixtape more than the album and the album is not a classic it's better than all of this mainstream rap right now but not a classic i'm not hating just giving my opinion

  • Nate

    but hey, the reality is mostly sales. E-40 continues to impress and improve like a fine wine. He made about 8 albums in the last few years and most could put him in there... but when you don't sell millions.... you won't win. It's not about being the BEST lyricist for the grammy's. It's about being either A) selling millions or about B) being a good lyricist AND selling millions. Both Kendrick and Macklemore are B) so that's reality.

  • Nate

    Kendrick put out a great album too. But every year multiple artists put out great albums. Sometimes we disagree on who's was the BEST. But we should not feel that either artist was not deserving. Both were great albums. Good point. Daz and WC did put out a nice album. They are also two of my favorites.. Daz makes incredible beats and WC can spit

  • detroit niggroe

    Daz and WC put out a better album than all these niggas combined.Too bad whats happened to the game mane.

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  • Someone

    I think Kendrick deserves it more... That being said i dont understand the hatred against Macklemore.... Dude's an independent artist that made it big through grinding in the underground for so many years... him having more "poppy" beats is irrelevant...The Hesist was a decent album not deserving of AOTY but then again Yeezus was a piece of shit and its still on the list...

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  • azZeerax

    congrats to kendrick :) well deserved

  • azerty

    DAMN they said on the radio that kendrick just won RAOTY !!!!!!

  • gqgq

    kendrick just won raoty, congrats to him DJ Akademiks @IamAkademiks So Apparently Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid Maad City won the Grammy for Best Rap Album of the Year by a landslide total 117 out of 150 votes DJ Akademiks @IamAkademiks And Apparently Its the third album to ever garner 100 + votes ........ Just to show how dominating it won its category. #GKMC DJ Akademiks @IamAkademiks The Grammys finally got some real niggas on those voting commitees. Salute. Kendrick stock bout to rise again

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  • yeaaahh

    I still don't understand why people let a genre boundary limit their possibilities. A lot of these new artists listen to different types of music and it reflects in their music so it's getting harder and harder to classify it. Macklemore IS rap whether you annoying ass hip-hop heads want to admit it or not. I'm convinced most of you didn't even listen to The Heist yet you say he doesn't deserve to win...

    • Griot

      "The same thing could be said about Drake though." You are correct with that statement. As Drake is already being labled as Pop rap. I got nothing against macklemore or drake i listen to both Its just good music. But if your putting Drake up against hip hop or Macklemoore up against real shit, thier stock drops. It totally depends on what category you putting them in for me. Like if the award was for best song that got you hype in the club i would be like Yo macklemoores shit always bangs and fills the floor. but if your talking about hip hop to many cats doing it better then him. I would take Kendicks, Pusha Ts, Kanyes, Chance, Joey badass shit even childish gambino over mackelmoore if your talking specifically hip hop. But people got they fans and award shows don't mean shit.

    • Anonymous

      Hey i've heard enough of bthrift shop and same ove to kno he aint 4 me... The reality of it he's gonna win the grammy cause he is white.Even though Kendrick Lamar had the best album in years. People will say that im racist for saying this but im just aware that racism is still alive and they use other tacticks to show it

    • Anonymous

      "The problem is Most people that listen to macklemore don't listen to hip hop." The same thing could be said about Drake though.

    • Griot

      The problem is Most people that listen to macklemore don't listen to hip hop. As a pop artist the shit is great. But as a hip hop record its not even in the top ten of last year.

  • OUCH!

    If Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win this shi!!t its going to be a crazy night. I am sure allot of people will say BS

    • Anonymous

      People say BS every year. Just like last year when Drake beat out Nas. Shits a popularity contest and it always has been.

  • Anonymous

    Who are their fans? They could ask the same question about Kendrick. It should be about fair competition, even though considering the feat Macklemore accomplished, he probably should win easily.

  • Anonymous

    They will give the Grammy to the white gay guy, I'm sure they can relate to his material better.

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  • Anonymous

    Macklemore himself said Kendrick deserves it over him so I don't see why this is even a new story.

  • Anonymus

    How do we know that's not picture of Pete Rock.

  • Why do people care about the Grammys?

    Man fuck the Grammys. I don't understand why people think that trophy is mad important. Shit is biased and always will be.

    • Anonymous

      Because its the top price a musician can attain, the same reason everybody in college football wants the heisman trophy even though people complain about who wins that every year as well..... Matter of fact, if you can show me any field of entertainment where the awards don't get cried about every year, I'll eat my gun.

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