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While the Presentation of the GRAMMY Awards 2022 will not take place until next year, the nominations for the best rap album are there. This year’s eclectic mix of nominees includes many past GRAMMY winners, including Kanye west, who won the category at 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012 for My beautiful twisted dark fantasy; Tyler the creator, who won in 2020 for Igor; and Nas, who won in 2021 for king’s disease.
The Best Rap Album category rewards albums “containing at least 51% playing time of songs with recently recorded rap performances”; producers, engineers and artists themselves can receive the award.
Ahead of the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, which will take place on Monday, January 31, GRAMMY.com details this year’s nominated albums and artists in the Best Rap Album category below.
Editor’s Note: Previously nominated in the Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance categories, Duck To withdrew his appointment at the 64th GRAMMY Awards.
Off-season – J. Cole
Released in May, J. Cole’s sixth studio album found the rapper in new territory. After three acclaimed albums with, commonly, no features, Cole – a 12-time GRAMMY nominee and winner – invited a host of collaborators in the studio to Off-season, including little baby, 6 LACK and 21 Wild. Yet despite the transition, Cole has been as successful as with his previous versions.
Off-season reached # 1 on the Billboard 200, her sixth consecutive album topped the charts. Four of the tracks on the album made their Top 10 debuts, including the single “My Life”, a collaboration with 21 Savage and Morray, which reached number 2, and “Amari”, which reached number 5. .
Revenge of the Dreamers IIICole’s 2019 Dreamville compilation album was also nominated for Best Rap Album; he won the GRAMMY for best rap song for “A Lot”, his collaboration with 21 Savage, in 2020.
King’s disease II – Nas
Can he do it again?
A prolific artist in the 90s and 2000s, Nas took long breaks between albums in the late 2010s and before releasing. Nasir in 2018. Two years later he dropped the critically acclaimed film king’s disease. After netting 14 GRAMMY nominations over his three-decade career, Nas notched his very first GRAMMY victory, for best rap album, withking’s disease to 63rd GRAMMY Awards in March.
King’s disease II, the sequel to the album released this summer, is a comeback in jubilant form for Nas. With jaw-dropping collaborations with beloved rap stars like Eminem and Ms. Lauryn Hill, it completes the story of the vulnerability heard for the first time on king’s disease.
The album had Nas so excited that he even took to the streets to distribute copies. “THE ALBUM BROUGHT ME OUT HERE ACTING LIKE A BOOTLEGGER IN 2004” he wrote on an Instagram video post.
Call me if you get lost – Tyler the creator
On his sixth studio album, Tyler, the creator continued to push the boundaries of rap as he did on his winning GRAMMY. Igor. With artists like Ty Dolla Sign, 42 Dugg, Little Uzi Vert, and Pharrell williams, among many others, Call me if you get lost looked at more unusual stylistic elements like jazz, soul, synth-pop and reggae.
Narrated by DJ Drama, the album features the character “Tyler Baudelaire” as he explores a new and abundant way of life. In an interview with artist Tyler Mitchell on Vogue.com, said Tyler Call me if you get lost was an attempt to play into the “new money” and “new lifestyle” tropes that he saw through other artists. “I want to listen to hard rap, but like, I want to do it my way. I want to be flexible to travel and eat this and that, and that’s what it is,” he said. to Mitchell.
Call me if you get lost debuted at No. 1, Tyler’s chart-topping second album; it follows on from his 2019 album, Igor, who won the GRAMMY for the best rap album to 62nd GRAMMY Prize in 2020, marking Tyler’s first-ever GRAMMY victory.
Donda – Kanye West
After much fanfare and delays, Kanye West released Donda, his 10th solo album, at the end of August. Originally slated for release in 2020 under the title the land of god, Donda has undergone enormous changes until the last moments before its official release.
West hosted three fan and celebrity listening events in Atlanta and Chicago ahead of the album’s release, fueling more anticipation for the project. After his night of listening at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in July, West took up temporary residence in a stadium locker room to make the final adjustments and recordings of the record alongside another producer Mike Dean.
Donda, which reached number 1 when it was released, featured a number of collaborators, including Jay Z, Little baby, the weekend, Playboi Carti and West’s Sunday Service Choir. In addition to presenting elements of hip-hop, trap and drill, Donda also incorporated elements of gospel, as previously heard on West’s groundbreaking 2019 album, Jesus is king.
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