Nipsey Hussle Says He's Rooting For Macklemore & Kendrick Lamar At The Grammys

The L.A. emcee says "[he] wouldn't feel like it was a steal if" either artist wins.

With the 56th annual Grammy Awards airing tonight (January 26), Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle recently spoke with XXL about two Hip Hop artists up for awards for the first time in their careers.

Macklemore, as half of a duo alongside producer Ryan Lewis, is nominated in categories like Album of the Year, Best Rap Artist, and Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the same set of categories, but, unlike his Seattle counterpart, isn’t in the running for Song of the Year.

“But just in terms of the Grammy’s, I think both of those dude made great albums,” Nipsey Hussle said. “I think their impact is undeniable in 2013. I feel like it could go either way. It’s more about preference to me. I think they both made incredible albums with huge records. So it’s really just, whoever that committee is that votes, it’s really up to their opinion.” Whether Nipsey was speaking to the Album of the Year or Best Rap Album category is unclear.

The Crenshaw rapper added that both artists have a claim to the honors given the albums they released in The Heist and good kid, m.A.A.d. city respectively. “I wouldn’t feel like it was a steal if Kendrick got it, I wouldn’t feel like it was a steal if Macklemore got it ‘cause they both was impactful for different reasons. Macklemore being independent shifted the culture, and being so successful as an independent. And then Kendrick coming out the West after such a long drought and delivering an album that was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, had records that was big on radio. They both have their reasons to be recognized. I’m curious to see how it goes. And they both from the West so I’m rooting for both of them.”

HipHopDX recently reported that an anonymous source present at the Grammy Rap selection committee claims the group originally considered leaving Macklemore and Ryan Lewis off the list due to the duo’s overlap within the Pop community. "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?”

In an interview with The Source earlier this month, the Seattle rapper himself admitted that he thinks the Best Rap Album award should be given to Kendrick Lamar. "In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick,” he said. “He's family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn't win]. I'm not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album."

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22 Comments

  • Anon

    I aint listening to shit off the lovechild of Snoop Dogg and Buckshot, dis' dude be frontin'

  • Anonymous

    That's right!! Macklemore is your favorite rappers favorite rapper!! Macklemore all day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      He said Macklemore should win over Jay-Z who bought 10 000 worth of his shitty mixtape LOL, ungrateful nigga

    • fuccya

      "How would he look as an artist if he said what he really feels" Yup. I thought art is expression and all that shit. So answering your question, he'd be an artist if he said exactly what he feels and thinks, not what he needs to say to avoid conflict/not look hatin or stay relevant. So fuck both your favorite rapper nipsey hussle and his not-so-favorite rapper macklegay.

    • Learn to Read

      Nowhere in the article does it state that macklemore is his favorite rapper. He also clearly chooses KL to win the categories as well. It's called being diplomatic and having the courtesy to respect both artists. How would he look as an artist if he said what he really feels...macklemore is garbage as a rapper when he himself didn't get nominated for any grammys...so he's taking the high road by not saying anything bad. its called saving face.

    • Anonymous

      tell that to Gucci mane

    • wads

      that's not a black man that's a self-hating whiteboy. black men don't lose they cool.

    • Anonymous

      you know the racist black guy who hate on macklemore every article and praise nipsey gonna pretend they didnt see this article tho

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  • Anonymous

    Why isn't anyone talking about the 3 other nominees, including drake?

  • Anonymous

    Anybody who likes Macklemore is Gay apparently I hope they both win but I hope Kendrick gets a grammy for his album

  • Anonymous

    haters gon be mad at that. even that crip nicca from LA fucks with Macklemore, so is Nipsey gay now?

    • Anonymous

      a c.o. nigga caught feelings lol

    • STUPIDITY KILLS

      Whitey Ford you shouldn't associate yourself with anything darker than Macklemore...really though. In fact, its not that you cant associate yourself with Nipsey Hussle's music more so than the music does not lend itself to associate with you. It's not meant for you; not to influence you, not to guide you, not to help you, as you cannot identify with it. Keep hitting up your local thrift shops and stay off this site. Or at least refrain from leaving stupid comments, the rest of the community would appreciate it, thanks kid.

    • Anonymous

      apply burn heal. lmao.

    • Anonymous

      yeah thats me i didnt shower after going deep in your mom last night

    • brotherinarm

      ^^^^ smells like pussy up in this bitch

    • whitey ford

      Im white but I still wont support Nipsey because he associates with a C.O. who also happens to be the fakest rapper in history! still might pirate his shit and delete all the ricky features though.

    • Anonymous

      No, but this will give him more support from the white audience because they like how he supports white brothers

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