Soon after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards this year, Macklemore posted a text message that he sent Kendrick Lamar as a snapshot captured on Instagram. “You got robbed,” Macklemore said at the time. “I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you.”
Drake recently spoke about the text message Macklemore sent Lamar and said “that shit was wack as fuck.”
“I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better. Make better music,'” Drake says in an interview with Rolling Stone. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”
Drake says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ wins at the Grammy Awards were an example of “how the world works.”
“He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick,” Drake says. “Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit.”
Macklemore’s text message to Kendrick Lamar also made Drake feel “funny” because he felt the sentiments should have been extended to more people.
“To name just Kendrick?” Drake says. “That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages.”
In January, Macklemore said that he and Ryan Lewis had “an unfair advantage due to race” at the Grammys.
“In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in a pocket in the industry of people filling out that ballot,” he said. “This is not like aRap Radar poll, like a 2DopeBoyz poll. This is not a Hot 97 poll. This is the Grammys. This is many different types of people. All different age groups filling out a ballot where they might not necessarily know the genre.”