Best Rap Performance
Drake Ft. Lil’ Wayne, “HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)”
Label: Cash Money Records; Track from: Take Care
Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N****s In Paris”
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC; Track from: Watch the Throne
Label: Def Jam; Track from: Life is Good
Kanye West Ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Label: G.O.O.D. Music / Island Def Jam; Track from: Cruel Summer
Young Jeezy Ft. Jay-Z & André 3000, “I Do”
Label: Def Jam; Track from: TM 103: Hustler’s Ambition
Prediction: Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N****s In Paris”
This is one of those categories where you wish it encompassed more underground talent. Regardless, the mainstream produced several hits that stayed heavily on your playlist. Again, it’s hard to pick a clear winner since all these songs are big for different audiences. However, we see Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas In Paris” receiving the award for the Best Rap Performance.
Jay won one last year with Swizz Beatz for “On to the Next One.” Together with ‘Ye, he plans on going for a victory rap as The Throne based on the fact that “Paris” was so inescapable. Just on The Throne tour alone, watching them break record after record for consecutive performances of “Paris” was surreal. Who else can play a song 11 times and still get people hyped?