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Grammy Predictions: Who Walks Away a Winner in Hip-Hop?


Best Rap Song


Nas, “Daughters”
Label: Def Jam; Track from: Life Is Good

Wale Ft. Miguel “Lotus Flower Bomb
Label: MMG/Warner Bros.; Track from: Ambition

Kanye West Ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Label: G.O.O.D. Music; Track from: Cruel Summer

Drake ft. Lil Wayne, “The Motto”
Label: Cash Money Records; Track from: Take Care

Jay-Z & Kanye West, “N****s In Paris”
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records; Track from: Watch The Throne

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Ft. Bruno Mar, “Young, Wild & Free”
Label: Atlantic; Track from: Mac And Devin Go To High School: Music From And Inspired By The Movie

Prediction: Drake ft. Lil Wayne, “The Motto”

Put Drake’s new single on pause for a second. Remember, Drizzy’s “The Motto?” The song, which was a bonus cut off Take Care, grew into a larger phenomenon thanks to “you only live once” or YOLO. Plus, “The Motto” was fresh and fun, vastly different from what we were hearing from him back in 2011. The minimal production of 808s and handclaps–with Drizzy, Lil Wayne and a later add-on, Tyga, rapping about living fast–combined to make a song where you could feed off its energy. There’s no doubt that the YOLO anthem of the year will crown Drake a winner.

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