MITMondays: Was Beyonce' really the biggest snub of the Grammy's?
Last Sunday, the 59th edition of the Grammy’s took place. Towards the end of the show a lot of "Black" twitter wasn’t happy with the fact that Rihanna failed to receive a Grammy. On top of that, Beyoncé’ didn’t win album of the year or song of the year. My TImeline was filled with Grammy’s slander for the next few days. Then it really dawned on me someone got snubbed but nobody was talking about it. That person was Anderson .Paak. Anderson got snubbed not once but twice last Sunday and I feel like I was the only one to take note of it. Now it's time to educate the people on why Anderson deserved those Grammy’s.
Anderson .Paak was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album for his album Malibu. Let's start with how he was snubbed for best new artist. I’m happy Chance got his recognition after the year he had in 2016 but I can’t give best new artist to a person whose been in the game since 2012. This comparable to the year XXL named Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul to the Freshman List after they’ve been in the game for an extended period of time. Even though Chance had an amazing year, Anderson wasn’t too far behind him. Malibu dropped in January of last year and he was named to last years XXL Freshmen class. To follow up, Anderson went on tour, performed at several festivals and signed to Dr. Dre’s label Aftermath. He also dropped an album entitled Yes Lawd! under the name NxWorries, the duo of Anderson and producer Knxwledge is a dope combination. Not only did Anderson .Paak deserve Best New Artist but he also deserved to win Best Urban Contemporary Album.
If we're being honest the Grammy’s set Anderson up for failure in this category. It’s hard to tell people that someone’s album was better than Rihanna and Beyoncé but Malibu was that album. Lemonade and Anti were both solid projects but Malibu was just better. For the record, if you haven’t heard Malibu yet you’re simply blocking your blessing. The Free Nationals backed him on the entirety of the album and Anderson played the drums on the album as well. Each song was produced by Anderson .Paak as well. Not only was the production top notch but the content was there too. Malibu is a tale of the trials and tribulations Anderson has faced in life. From couch surfing to marriage to heartbreak, you can tell Andreson put his heart in this. There’s also a couple fun songs on here to such as Am I Wrong and Waters. My favorite line is found on Waters,” I bring you greeting from the First Church of Boom Baptists United Fellowship of Free Nationals Residing Pastor is thy .Paak and the first lady is a bad bitch with slanted eyelids and thick ass sunglasses." With that being said, was it Anderson .Paak that took us to church before Chance?
If you haven’t heard Malibu, I suggest you do so immediately after reading this. It’s hard to understand why others and myself included think so highly of .Paak and this album. I know it is rare for the Grammy’s to get things right but they really dropped the ball on this one. This is just Anderson’s first Grammy nod but it definitely won’t be his last. As always...