With the Grammys coming and going yesterday, the great debate over who would win versus who deserved to win had gotten us all worked up at XXL headquarters. And with good kid, m.A.A.d city—an album we bestowed with a XXL rating—missing out on grabbing any awards, the voices saying "Kendrick got robbed!" were growing. With that in mind, XXL has pulled out ten great songs and ten great albums which were nominated but haven't won since the 1996 inception of the Best Rap Album category, and the 2004 start of the Best Rap Song honor. They don't have no awards for them. Check 'em out.

2. Me Against the World (1995)

1. All Eyez on Me

2. Wu-Tang Forever (1997)


bigpun capital punishment

Me Against the World
Winner: Naughty By Nature, Poverty's Paradise
This album was 'Pac coming into his own, making his case for being the best of his or any generation.

All Eyez On Me
Winner: The Fugees, The Score
One of those rare double albums without glaring weak spots, this is 'Pac's XXL-rated masterpiece.

The Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death
Winner: Puff Daddy And The Family, No Way Out
Puff over Biggie? The game is rigged.

Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Forever
Winner: Puff Daddy And The Family, No Way Out
This might have been the best year for this category since its inception in 1996, and the best year for double hip-hop LPs, period.

Big Punisher
Capital Punishment
Winner: Jay Z, Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life
Pun was one of New York's finest, and this is the album that put him—and kept him—on the map.