This Sunday (January 31) the 52nd Grammy Awards will be held at L.A.’s Staples Center and some in the hip-hop community were surprised to find out that certain rappers were left off the bill by the awards committee. [Check XXLMag.com tomorrow here to vote on our official picks for who should and shouldn’t have been included.]
XXLMag.com recently caught up with Grammy-award-winner Mike Bigga, f.k.a. Killer Mike, who was shocked to find out that Miami Boss Rick Ross wasn’t acknowledged at this year’s gala for his latest effort, Deeper Than Rap.
“If [Ross’] album doesn’t get nominated for rap album of the year or album of the year, all this shit is rigged up,” the XXLMag.com blogger said. “Rick Ross should be heralded this year for the quality of music he’s put out, no lie.”
Although Young Jeezy wasn’t eligible for album of the year this go-round (The Recession came out in July 2008, but only albums released from October 2008 where eligible), Mike doesn’t understand why the trap star hasn’t been honored in the past.
“I think Jeezy deserves a Grammy, but he’s never received it,” Mike said. “I’ll watch the Grammy’s when Jeezy gets his… He never got nominated.”
The Grammy Awards are set to air at 8 p.m. ET/PT this Sunday on CBS and will feature performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake and Travis Barker.
As previously reported Kanye West leads this year’s nods with six nominations. Jay-Z came in second with five. Fighting for rap album of the year are Em’s Relapse, Flo Rida’s R.O.O.T.S., Mos Def’s The Ecstatic, Common’s Universal Mind Control and Q-Tip’s The Renaissance.
“I ain’t paid attention to a Grammy since after I won one,” Bigga joked about the trophy he picked up in 2002 with OutKast for “The Whole Word.” “And I figure, when it’s time to win one again, I’ll pay attention again.” —Jesse Gissen