Would a ‘Ghetto Grammys’ Better Represent Hip-Hop? Ask Boosie BadAzz

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If successful, would the ‘Ghetto Grammys’ truly represent the (largely ignored) underground hip-hop scene?

This year’s Grammy Awards wasn’t without controversy. Frank Ocean decided not to submit his records for Grammy consideration.  Signaling the institution’s failure to represent African-Americans, he said,

“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.”

Going further, Ocean explained that the institution is out of date.

“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated.  I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”

Frank Ocean may have had a point.  This year’s top Grammy awards only went to mainstream artists like Beyonce and Adele. Underground rap and hip-hop movements (once again) went largely ignored.  So how can the music industry start focusing on smaller, independent hip-hop artists?

Rapper Boosie BadAzz went off on a similar point, albeit not as deep as Ocean.  In a recent Instagram video, he lamented,

I probably won’t never win a muthaf… Grammy.”

Boosie Badazz has a solution for this problem.  What if people from the underground rap scene had a say?  Would the industry celebrate more rappers like him?

Unfortunately, underground rappers have never seen much mainstream success.  The underground scene appears largely ignored by mainstream award ceremonies like the Grammys.

XXL gave a clear example of ceremonies snubbing even popular hip-hop artists.  Future’s DS2 album went platinum. He has yet to receive a Grammy, however. Boosie Badazz hypothesized,

“You gotta understand I’m like a… I’m the bad boy.  Kind of like the bad boy of the industry.  But if they had a ‘Ghetto Grammy’?  I ain’t winning that Grammy nigga.  But if they had a ‘Ghetto Grammy’?  If they had a f—kin’ Grammy in the muthaf—kin’ hood?  And everybody voted in the muthaf—kin’ streets?  Nigga, I’d have 55 muthaf—kin Grammys nigga, ya heard me?”

 

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When asked about Frank Ocean’s comments, two Grammy executives quickly criticized his 2013 performance. Ocean didn’t take kindly to their remarks.  An artist doesn’t need recognition in some mainstream awards show to perform.  Instead, remarked Ocean, an artist must remain true to his or herself.

“Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful.  It took me some time to learn that.  I bought all my masters back last year in the prime of my career, that’s successful.  Blonde sold a million plus without a label, that’s successful.  I am young, black, gifted and independent… that’s my tribute.”

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