Category:Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
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The following 24 pages are in this category, out of 24 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 24 pages are in this category, out of 24 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Grammy Award for Best Rap Album – In 1995, the Academy announced the addition of the award category Best Rap Album. The first award was presented to the group Naughty by Nature at the 38th Grammy Awards the following year, according to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented for albums containing at least 51% playing time of tracks with newly recorded rapped performances. Award recipients often include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the work in addition to the recording artists. As of 2015, Eminem holds the record for the most wins in this category, lauryn Hill is currently the only female artist to win in this category, when she won in 1997 with the Fugees. Kanye West was presented the four times, and the duo known as Outkast received the award twice. Jay-Z holds the record for the most nominations, with nine, canadian artist Drake became the first non-American winner in this category when he won in 2013. The Roots have received the most nominations without a win, with five, ^ Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year. Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy Award for Best Rap Song Hip hop music Official site of the Grammy Awards
2. Tha Carter III – Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on June 10,2008, by Cash Money and Universal Motown. It follows a string of mixtape releases and guest appearances on other hip hop and R&B artists records. The albums cover art features a picture of Wayne and is similar to covers of hip hop albums such as Nass Illmatic. Amid release delays and leaks, Tha Carter III became one of the most anticipated releases of 2008, the album debuted at number one on the U. S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 1,005,545 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Tha Carter III received universal acclaim from critics and earned Lil Wayne several accolades. It has been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 3.6 million copies in the United States. Lil Wayne stated that producers would include The Alchemist, Cool & Dre, Deezle, Jim Jonsin, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Mannie Fresh, The Runners, Timbaland, Danja, and will. i. am. In an interview with HipHopCanada. com, Solitair of the Black Jays stated that he and Cipha Sounds produced a track called Outstanding, the Runners have stated that they have produced three tracks for Tha Carter III. Lil Wayne revealed that he has a track for Eminem, which he has yet to send to him and he described this song as the craziest. Some believe that his request was turned down, but it most likely turned into Drop the World on his 2010 album Rebirth. The album features guest appearances by Fabolous, T-Pain, Brisco, Bobby V, Babyface, Betty Wright, Static Major, Robin Thicke, Jay-Z, Juelz Santana, and Busta Rhymes. MTV reported that Wyclef Jean worked on a couple of tracks for the album and that a song featuring Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, however, that Timbaland-produced track did not make the final cut. David Banner confirmed that he will be credited for five tracks on the cut of Tha Carter III. After the copyright controversy of Playing with Fire, the track was removed and replaced with another David Banner-produced track Pussy Monster. Swizz Beatz stated he was working on the album. When asked about how many tracks Kanye West had contributed, he answered, On the first visit he had five joints, I then told him to slow down and he left me alone, but we got a good three on the album. He confirmed that he had a few tracks on The Leak that are produced by Kanye West, Tha Carter IIIs lead single, Lollipop, peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, staying at the top for three weeks. It was Waynes most successful single in his career, winning one Grammy Award, a BET Award
3. The College Dropout – The College Dropout is the debut studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released February 10,2004, by Roc-A-Fella Records. It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999, nonetheless intent on pursuing a solo career, it was several years before West finally received a record deal from Roc-A-Fella Records. It features vocal contributions from Jay-Z, Mos Def, Jamie Foxx, Syleena Johnson, diverging from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop, Wests lyrics concern themes of family, self-consciousness, materialism, religion, racism, and higher education. The album was promoted by singles including Through the Wire and Jesus Walks, All Falls Down and Slow Jamz both charted within the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the latter charting at number one. Upon its release, The College Dropout debuted at two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 441,000 copies during its first week. It is Wests best-selling album in the United States, with sales of 3.4 million copies. It has been named by Time and Rolling Stone, among other publications, although he had attained success as a producer, Kanye West aspired to be a rapper, but had struggled to attain a record deal. Record companies ignored him because he did not portray the gangsta image prominent in hip hop at the time. After a series of meetings with Capitol Records, West was ultimately denied an artist deal, according to Capitol Records A&R, Joe Weinberger, he was approached by West and almost signed a deal with him, but another person in the company convinced Capitols president not to. Desperate to keep West from defecting to another label, then-label head Damon Dash reluctantly signed West to Roc-A-Fella Records, the crash left him with a shattered jaw, which had to be wired shut in reconstructive surgery. The accident inspired West, two weeks after being admitted to a hospital, he recorded a song at the Record Plant Studios with his jaw wired shut. West added that the album was my medicine, as working on the record distracted him from the pain, through The Wire was first available on Wests Get Well Soon. At the same time, West announced that he was working on an album called The College Dropout, Dont let society tell you, This is what you have to do. The College Dropout was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, California, according to John Monopoly, Wests friend, manager and business partner, the album. Hes been gathering beats for years and he was always producing with the intention of being a rapper. Theres beats on the album hes been saving for himself for years. At one point, West hovered between making a portion of the production in the studio and the majority within his own apartment in Newark, New Jersey. Because it was an apartment, West was able to set up a home studio in one of the rooms
4. The Eminem Show – The Eminem Show is the fourth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on May 28,2002 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. The Eminem Show includes the successful singles Without Me, Cleanin Out My Closet, Superman. Since its release in 2002 the album has sold 11,600,000 copies in the United States, at the 2003 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Album of the Year and became Eminems third record in four years to win the award for Best Rap Album. On March 7,2011, the album was certified 10x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, production for the album took place between 2001 and 2002. Eminem had started recording the album around the time he was filming 8 Mile. Production was used for both the soundtrack of the movie and his album, dr. Dre, in addition to being the albums executive producer, produced three individual tracks, Business, Say What You Say, and My Dads Gone Crazy. He said that he wanted to capture the 70s rock vibe and he said that he tried to get the best of both worlds on the album. The Eminem Show was scheduled for release on June 4,2002, however, pirated and bootleg copies appeared online on peer-to-peer networks and it was provided by Rabid Neurosis, an MP3 warez release organization who pirated the album 25 days prior to release. Radio show Opie and Anthony broadcast the album on May 17,2002. Interscope decided to release the early, on May 28. However, many stores in the U. S. began selling it early on Sunday, May 26, promotional posters in stores read, America Couldnt Wait. Due to the release by many retailers on a Sunday. The Eminem Show was Eminems first album to include lyrics to all its songs inside the CD booklet, additionally, the first 2 million copies of the album shipped in the United States included a bonus DVD with an exclusive interview and live footage. Despite the confusion over the release date, The Eminem Show still managed to have a very successful debut on the charts. The album sold 381,000 copies in its week and topped the Billboard 200 for a fifth. It has gone on to sell ten million copies. On March 7,2011, the album was certified 10x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, the Eminem Show also spent five consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart. As of November 2013, the album has sold over 1.5 million copies in the UK and this album allowed no profanities, and the profanities were either muted, obscured by sound effects or back-masked
5. Graduation (album) – Graduation is the third studio album by American hip hop recording artist and record producer Kanye West. It was released on September 11,2007, by Roc-A-Fella Records, Recording sessions for the album took place during 2005 to 2007 at Chung King Studios, Sony Music Studios in New York City, at Chalice Studios and The Record Plant in Los Angeles. It was primarily produced by West himself, with contributions from DJ Toomp, as well as Mike Dean, Nottz, Brian All Day Miller, Eric Hudson, Warryn Campbell, Gee Roberson, Plain Pat and Jon Brion. It features guest contributions from artists, including Mos Def, Dwele, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, DJ Premier, the albums cover artwork was designed by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. Toward this end, West incorporated synthesizer sounds into his production and dabbled with electronic music, lyrically, the album is more introspective in comparison to its predecessors, as West dedicated much of Graduation towards analyzing himself and conveying his ambivalent outlook on his newfound fame. It continues the theme of Wests previous two studio albums, The College Dropout and Late Registration. The album debuted at one on the US Billboard 200. It produced five singles, including the international hits Cant Tell Me Nothing, Stronger, the outcome of the competition marks a turning point in hip-hop culture, when the dominance of gangsta rap in mainstream hip-hop was brought to an end. Graduation received positive reviews from most critics and earned West several accolades, the album has sold 2,700,000 copies in the US and has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album demonstrates yet another distinctive progression in Wests musical style, Kanye West was particularly influenced by house music, a subgenre of electronic dance music that first originated in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois in the early 1980s. West has stated growing up, he would listen to hip-hop music at home or in his car. While he rarely listened to house at home, he felt it was an important part of his culture. Along with house music, Graduation contains samples and music elements of euro-disco, hard rock, electronica, lounge, progressive rock, synth-pop, electro, krautrock, dub, reggae, and dancehall. Also, for much of the studio album, Kanye West modified his style of rapping and adopted a dilatory. West altered his vocabulary, he utilized less of the percussive, rhythmic consonants in favor of the more smoother, in addition to U2, West drew inspiration from other arena rock bands such as The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin for the melodies and chord progressions of his songs. He also chose to back on the guest appearances, limiting himself to just one single guest rap verse on the entire studio album. Largely due to all this and the inclusion of the layered electronic synthesizers, but he also acknowledged the fact that the differences did not right away and without a doubt make Graduation a good album. However, he felt it was a representation of the music he was listening to at that time, Kanye West began working on Graduation immediately after releasing his second studio album Late Registration
6. The Heist (album) – The Heist is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was released on October 9,2012, by Macklemore LLC, the album was independently self-produced, self-recorded and self-released by the duo, with no mainstream promotion or support. After the albums release, the duo hired Warner Music Groups radio promotion department to help the push with their singles for a percentage of the sales. The album was recorded in Seattle, Washington between 2009 and 2012, the albums third single Cant Hold Us was also largely commercially successful, peaking at number one in the United States, Australia, and Sweden. The album received positive reviews from critics. On January 26,2014, it won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, as of early 2016, the album has sold 1,490,000 copies in the United States. On July 18,2012, the duo released the Mary Lambert-assisted single Same Love and it was announced that the song will be included on the album, as were previously released singles Wings and Cant Hold Us. In an interview with The Sermons Domain, Macklemore confirmed a collaboration with Schoolboy Q on a song about Cadillacs called White Walls, the song titled Jimmy Iovine featuring Ab-Soul was also confirmed. On September 4,2012, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released a video promoting the deluxe edition of The Heist, the official debut single, Wings was released on January 21,2011. It was produced by Ryan Lewis, the song reached at number 40 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 12 on the Billboards Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The albums second single, Cant Hold Us featuring Ray Dalton, was released on August 16,2011, the track eventually caught the attention of Sean Lynch, a writer from The Source, who initiated an interview to land Macklemore in the magazines Unsigned Hype column in 2012. It also peaked at one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It as well reached at one in Australia and Belgium. Same Love debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending February 16,2013, the single reached at number one in Australia in the ARIA Charts and on New Zealands RIANZ chart. The albums fourth single, Thrift Shop featuring Wanz, was successful commercially. It was released on August 27,2012, and peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one for six non-consecutive weeks, Thrift Shop has sold over 6 million copies in the United States. Thrift Shop also reached the top of the Australian and New Zealand singles charts and was certified 6× Platinum in Australia, in Canada, it reached at number one on the Canadian Hot 100. The albums fifth single, White Walls featuring guest vocals from fellow rapper Schoolboy Q and singer Hollis and it was officially released to mainstream radio on October 8,2013
7. Late Registration – Late Registration is the 2005 second studio album by American hip hop producer and rapper Kanye West. It was recorded over the course of a year in sessions held across studios in New York City and Hollywood, the album features guest contributions from Adam Levine, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, Common, Jay-Z, Brandy, and Nas, among others. Its production was notably more lush and elaborate than Wests 2004 debut album The College Dropout, as he utilized intricate sampling methods, Wests lyrics explore both personal and political themes, including poverty, drug trafficking, racism, healthcare, and the blood diamond trade. Late Registration was released by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings on August 30,2005 and it earned West the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and an Album of the Year nomination, while appearing at the top of several publications year-end lists ranking the years top albums. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 2005, and later included it at number 118 on its 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Late Registration debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 860,000 copies in its first week. The album has thus far sold over 3.1 million copies in the United States and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It produced five singles, including the international hits Touch the Sky, Heard Em Say and Gold Digger, Music videos for all five singles were produced, and West also supported the album with a promotional concert tour, and the live album Late Orchestration. Late Registration is the second of Kanye Wests planned four education-themed studio albums, following the major success of The College Dropout, the album reveals his progression in writing lyrics and an incorporation of a wider range of musical styles. At the time, the point of Wests production style was the use of sped-up vocal samples from soul records. A longtime fan of the English trip hop group Portishead, West had been influenced by Roseland NYC Live. Early in his career, the album had inspired him to incorporate string arrangements into his hip hop production. Though West had not been able to afford many live instruments around the time of his debut album, West juxtaposed the lush, intricate melodies of the string section with the hard, pounding drum rhythms of hip-hop, and used the sound for the foundation of his rapping. West collaborated with American film score composer Jon Brion, who served as the albums co-executive producer for several tracks, West had been exposed to Brions work while watching the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which Brion had composed music. Hes got this sense of pop record-making which is really solid and he was already barking up that tree. This is definitely not just a hip-hop album, but it is also by no means overtly arty, or non-hip-hop. I dont think its a record by any means. West took over a year and invested two million dollars towards the construction of Late Registration and he began working in the studio after he finished touring with Usher on the R&B singers The Truth Tour. By November 2004, West had completed nearly seventy-five percent of the album, however he felt unsatisfied with its outcome and in March of the following year, he brought in Jon Brion, which drastically altered the projects direction
8. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – The Marshall Mathers LP2 is the eighth studio album by American rapper Eminem. Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records released the album on November 5,2013 and it serves as a sequel to The Marshall Mathers LP. The Marshall Mathers LP2 features guest appearances from singers Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Nate Ruess and it was followed by two more singles, Survival and Rap God. The former debuted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Monster featuring Rihanna, was released as the albums fourth single on October 29,2013. It went number one in countries and was certified triple platinum in the United States. The albums fifth single, Headlights featuring Ruess, was released on February 5,2014, the Marshall Mathers LP2 received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Eminems technical rapping abilities and production choices. The album marked an improvement in reception over some of Eminems more recent albums and it also debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was the second-best selling album sales of 2013. As of early 2014, the album has sold 3.8 million copies worldwide, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 57th Grammy Awards. On May 24,2012, Eminem revealed that he has been working on his next album, on June 30,2012, Eminem talked about the album with DJ Whoo Kid, on his own radio station, Shade 45. He stated that the material was taking shape, and that Dr. Dre will be involved in some way, Eminem explained, I usually get going and kind of start going a certain direction and just record what Im feeling. Then Ill go see Dre and fill in some of those pieces, on August 1,2012, Nick Craig interviewed Eminem on Channel 95. Now Ive got time to be able to start doing things for my own project, royce da 59 appeared on MTVs RapFix, hosted by Calloway, with his group Slaughterhouse, on August 30,2012, and talked about Eminems album. Royce confessed, Marshall is the right now, laying the most awesome lyrics in the world. Im not so sure how the world is going to respond from some of the things that Ive heard from him, on February 8,2013, Shady Records president and Eminems manager Paul Rosenberg told Billboard that Eminems eighth studio album would be released after Memorial Day,2013. We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013, Hes been working on it for some time, said Rosenberg. Its safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, weve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so were trying to see what else lines up. On March 22,2013, during an interview with Power 106, Dr. Dre said that he was working with Eminem, and that Eminem was finishing up his project. On June 17,2013, Shady Records producer The Alchemist appeared on RapFix Live, I DJ for him and Im not at liberty to speak on much, but you know his caliber and what he does