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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  • Chris Lauterwasser


  • Layshawn Edwards

    while orange channel was awesome, fun’s album will totally dominate this category. not many pple even knoww who frank ocean is

  • Leto El

    Thank you XXL for recognizing the awesomeness of Undun! I feared that you would have given the Grammy to a less-than-average artist and album like 2 Chainz

  • jango boy


  • karlon burkett

    Lupe Fiasco.

  • kadir

    why is watch the throne nominated 2 years after being released?

    • Smh

      The release date was too late so it wasn’t eligible. Same as Good Kid M.A.A.D City, it will be nominated for next years grammy’s.

  • Jessica

    Amy Winehouse passed on far too young, so I hope that she and Nas win for best Rap/Sung Collaboration. I know that there are going to be a lot of surprises and upsets by tomorrow night’s winners so I want to make sure that I get them DVRd because it’s going to be the hot topic of the day when I go into my office at DISH Monday morning. I also like having the live performances saved, and since my DISH Hopper DVR can hold up to 1,250 SD or 450 HD hours of whatever I want to record, I know that I can keep this year’s Grammys saved along with my favorite TV shows and movies without worry of running out of room.