Kendrick Lamar managed to beat out the incredibly challenging competition this year including hip-hop veterans like Jay-Z. Kendrick took home the award for Best Rap Album for his latest record, DAMN, which featured the smash hit, “HUMBLE.”
The “HUMBLE” rapper beat Jay-Z’s newest album, 4:44, and was presented with the honor by legendary black comedian, Dave Chappelle.
While accepting the award, Kendrick said when he first started it was all about getting the cars, accolades, and the clothing but now he understands that it’s about the art. The art form is the most critical aspect when it comes to embarking on a musical career.
He said, “putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve, for the next listener, the next generation after.” The rapper said “hip-hop has done that” for him.
Additionally, right before getting off the stage he said to the audience, “Jay-Z for President,” – clearly a jab at President Donald Trump. Other albums in line for the accolade included Migos’ Culture, Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy, and Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom.
Last year, in addition to allegedly “saving” SoundCloud, the social network where aspiring artists share their music with one another, Chance The Rapper won the Grammy for Best Rap Album.
As you may know, for the 60th annual awards ceremony, it was moved to New York City at the Madison Square Garden. It’s been fifteen years since the city has hosted the event.
Kendrick’s recent recognition marks just another achieved milestone in his career after first gaining widespread fame with his album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.” Kendrick had several hit singles from the album including “Poetic Justice,” “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and “Swimming Pool’s (Drank).”