Friday, November 27, 2009

Hip Hop/Rap Music In Review, My 2009 Grammy Awards Rant


All right everyone, here we go! This is my perspective rant for the 2009 Grammy award winners strictly as an independent hip hop artist in the realm of the music business. What we have here may be biased, but it's not any music industry political bullshit ! This is strictly my opinion, so if you have a problem with it, be sure to leave your comments below.

BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
“Superwoman,” Alicia Keys

>> Alicia Keys is an amazing vocal performer with tremendous amounts of pure talent. On top that, she is gorgeous and looks great on big screen features. Although she already has numerous Grammy awards she continues to push the envelope with her music. Hard work continues to pay off for this recording artist, I was happy to see her receive this award.

BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCES
“Miss Independent,” Ne-Yo
BEST R&B SONG
“Miss Independent,” (Ne-Yo) M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters

>> Often over-looked, Ne-Yo's style and voice continue to turn heads and grace hits. This is a great song, and Ne-Yo is an outstanding recording artist as well as vocal performer. It is really no surprise to me that he won both of these Grammy awards for this very popular and catchy tune.

BEST R&B ALBUM
“Jennifer Hudson,” Jennifer Hudson

>> I'll be honest, this is an album I am yet to listen to. I think Jennifer Hudson is a talented singer/recording artist and actress. I am sure this album is a great one, and now I have to check it. This is a huge musical accomplishment for this young woman who still has an incredible future ahead.

BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM
“Growing Pains,” Mary J. Blige

>> Not surprised. I love Mary J. Haven't listened to this album yet either (I know, I'm slacking, sorry baby!). This is just another award in Miss Blige's growing collection, she is a phenomenal R&B artist.


BEST URBAN / ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE
“Be OK,” Chrisette Michele Featuring will.i.am

>> I still have to check it out. I'll post it here and peep it myself, this sounds like an interesting combination of great artists.


BEST RAP ALBUM
Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

>> Wayne has been killing the mainstream scene for over the last year. Although I enjoyed his album, I think this category should have been tossed up between these three. T.I.'s Paper Trail had hit records, singles that reigned the top spots on the Billboard charts and great songs that made the album a complete success. Nas' aptly untitled album was "different", in the eyes of many. In my eyes, it was a solid album and it has some notable tracks that left an impression on me as a fan and aspiring hip hop artist.

Hands down though, out of the nominees for this award, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool impressed me the most. This album is great, a representation of what the creatively savy hip hop artist can contribute to the genre. The Cool has quickly become one of my most favorite albums that I have recently acquired.

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne, "Swagger Like Us"

>> What else can you say ? The other nominees made great runner ups, but with a heavy weight roster such as this one, this collaboration made for some really amazing live performances, which made this Grammy a Gimme, definitely.

BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
Estelle feat. Kanye West, "American Boy"

>> This is a great song, it's catchy, it pops, and it tore up the mother fuckin' charts ! But, I would have like to see Lupe Fiasco and Matthew Santos take this award home, I thought that collaboration was the single of the year !

BEST RAP SONG
“Lollipop,” (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major)D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters

>> This song ruled the Billboard Charts for a long time. Hit radio stations across the continent were playing this song multiple times in a single hour, due simply to popular demand. Personally, I can't disagree. As an avid fan of having a wild time at the gentle men's club, this song is definitely a dope song to get a dance with. My only notable mention is Superstar by Lupe Fiasco and Matthew Santos that could have also received this award.

2 comments:

  1. Manuel “Manny” Alcantara is a rising star in the world of R&B and hip-hop. And while the music industry remains an uphill battle, the multi-talented nineteen year-old Lynn, MA native has watched as his fan base has expanded around the globe. Manny’s songs have been on the radio and he has performed to crowds that are growing in both size and enthusiasm. But now he is being asked to climb an even higher mountain to engage a fierce enemy…Drunk Driving.

    Manny was recently named the 2009 New England Hip Hop and R&B Spokesperson for the Ground Control Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign. This first of its kind program uses up-and-coming talented musicians to educate American teenagers about the dangers associated with drinking and driving.

    Manny’s association with Ground Control has afforded this Lynn, MA. resident a unique insight into the ways drunk driving effects American society. Says Manny, “I feel privileged to be able to make a difference. Being a young adult I am on the front lines. Kids my age are dying everyday and for what? I think it is amazing that I have been asked to use my music to draw attention to the fact that these terrible tragedies are preventable. If my music can save even one life, then I will feel I have accomplished a lot.”

    I hope we can count on you to help us shine some light on both this amazing and talented young artist and this important cause, in the form of a quote or media attention. Your involvement with our cause is vital this season in helping Manny and GROUND CONTROL save lives.

    Both Manny and the President of the Ground Control Campaign are available for phone interviews at your convenience.

    For more information on Manny's album please visit:
    http://www.myspace.com/callmemanny

    To learn more about Manny, please visit his official website and Electronic Press Kit:
    www.callmemanny.com
    http://www.callmemanny.com/epk/


    For more information on Illumina Records and Promotions or GROUND CONTROL, please visit:
    www.illuminarecords.com
    www.preventdrunkdriving.org


    Sincerely,

    Nicole Van Eden
    Director of Publicity
    Illumina Records/GROUND CONTROL
    978-922-5041

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