Kendrick Lamar Reacts To The Grammy Snubs & Macklemore’s Wins

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Kendrick Lamar is not one to speak much on controversy. Following his 2013 “Control” verse, K-Dot evaded press and social media to fuel the fire, and let his Rap verse speak for itself.


Following Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ four Grammy Award wins on Sunday night, many Heads speculated what Kendrick Lamar thought, felt, and wanted to say after the presumed disappointment.

Like Macklemore’s post-awards quotes praising Kendrick, stressing that the Seattle platinum MC believed the Compton MC more deserved the win(s), K-Dot echoed those sentiments, but about the winner. “It’s well deserved; [Macklemore] did what he did, man,” Kendrick exclusively told XXL magazine in a rare interview. “He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it [goes].”

Asked if the Grammy’s nominating committees do Hip-Hop a disservice in general, the TDE/Aftermath Entertainment breakout star explained, “I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more Hip-Hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.”

So this begs the question, are Kendrick and Macklemore being diplomatic as friends and mainstream stars, or are they redefining the way MCs handle competition amongst each other?

To read more on the subject, and get a glimpse on Kendrick’s plans for his sophomore major label LP, visit XXL.

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