Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

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Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
Awarded forQuality albums with rapping
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1996
Last awarded Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums with rapping at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. [1] Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

Rapping is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates "rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular", which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backing beat or musical accompaniment. The components of rap include "content", "flow", and "delivery". Rap differs from spoken-word poetry in that rap is usually performed in time to an instrumental track. Rap is often associated with, and is a primary ingredient of hip-hop music, but the origins of the phenomenon predate hip-hop culture. The earliest precursor to the modern rap is the West African griot tradition, in which "oral historians", or "praise-singers", would disseminate oral traditions and genealogies, or use their formidable rhetorical techniques for gossip or to "praise or critique individuals." Griot traditions connect to rap along a lineage of Black verbal reverence that goes back to ancient Egyptian practices, through James Brown interacting with the crowd and the band between songs, to Muhammad Ali's quick-witted verbal taunts and the palpitating poems of the Last Poets. Therefore, rap lyrics and music are part of the "Black rhetorical continuum", and aim to reuse elements of past traditions while expanding upon them through "creative use of language and rhetorical styles and strategies. The person credited with originating the style of "delivering rhymes over extensive music", that would become known as rap, was Anthony "DJ Hollywood" Holloway from Harlem, New York.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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In 1995, the Academy announced the addition of the award category Best Rap Album. [3] 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". [4] Award recipients often include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. [5]

Naughty by Nature American hip hop trio

Naughty by Nature is an American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey consisting of Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio mixing (recorded music) audio mixing to yield recorded sound

In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. These tracks that are blended together are done so by using various processes such as equalization and compression. Audio mixing techniques and approaches can vary widely, and due to the skill-level or intent of the mixer, can greatly affect the qualities of the sound recording.

As of 2019, Eminem holds the record for the most wins in this category, with six. Lauryn Hill was the first female artist to win in this category, when she won in 1997 with the Fugees. Cardi B became the first solo female rapper to win for Invasion of Privacy . [6] Kanye West was presented the award four times, and the duo known as Outkast received the award twice. Jay-Z holds the record for the most nominations, with eleven. 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. Eminem and West are the only artists to win the award in consecutive years, with Eminem achieving the feat twice. In 2016, Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late became the first mixtape to get nominated for the award. In 2017, Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book became the first mixtape to win the award.

Eminem American rapper and actor

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time in any genre, with Rolling Stone placing him in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and labeling him the "King of Hip Hop".

Lauryn Hill American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actress

Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records. Raised mostly in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood. In high school, Hill was approached by Pras Michel for a band he started, which his friend, Wyclef Jean, soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees and released the albums Blunted on Reality (1994), and the Grammy Award–winning The Score (1996), which sold six million copies in the U.S. Hill rose to prominence with her African-American and Caribbean music influences, her rapping and singing, and her rendition of the hit "Killing Me Softly". Her tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.

Fugees was an American hip hop group who rose to fame in the early 1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae. The members of the group were rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean, rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill, and rapper/producer Pras Michel. Deriving their name from a shortening of the word "refugees", Jean and Michel are Haitian, while Hill is American.

Recipients

1998 winner Sean Combs (credited as Puff Daddy), performing in 2006 Sean Combs.jpg
1998 winner Sean Combs (credited as Puff Daddy), performing in 2006
Six-time award winner Eminem, performing in 2009 Eminem performing live at dj hero party.jpg
Six-time award winner Eminem, performing in 2009
Four-time award winner Kanye West Kanye West 2007.jpg
Four-time award winner Kanye West
2007 award winner, Ludacris Ludacris 2008.jpg
2007 award winner, Ludacris
2009 award winner, Lil Wayne Lil Wayne cropped.jpg
2009 award winner, Lil Wayne
2013 award winner, Drake Drake fox theatre.jpg
2013 award winner, Drake
Two-time award winner, Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Way Out West 2013 (cropped).jpg
Two-time award winner, Kendrick Lamar
2019 award winner, Cardi B, the first solo female rapper to win the award Cardi B at the VMAs 2018.jpg
2019 award winner, Cardi B, the first solo female rapper to win the award
Year [I] RecipientsWorkNomineesRef.
1996 Naughty by Nature Poverty's Paradise [7]
1997 Fugees
 ·Fugees, producers
The Score [8]
1998 Puff Daddy and the Family
 ·Puff Daddy And The Family & Stevie J. producers
No Way Out [9]
1999 Jay-Z
 ·Joe Quinde, engineer/mixer
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life [10]
2000 Eminem
 ·Eminem, Jeff Bass & Marky Bass, producers
 · Mr. B, engineer/mixer
The Slim Shady LP [11]
2001 Eminem
 · Dr. Dre & Richard Huredia, engineers/mixers
The Marshall Mathers LP [12]
2002 Outkast
 · David Sheats, producer
 ·John Frye, engineer
Stankonia [13]
2003 Eminem
 ·Steve King, engineer/mixer
The Eminem Show [14]
2004 Outkast
 ·John Frye, engineer/mixer
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below [15]
2005 Kanye West
 · Manny Marroquin, engineer/mixer
The College Dropout [16]
2006 Kanye West
 · Jon Brion, producer
 · Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Tom Biller, engineers
 · Mike Dean, engineer/mixer
Late Registration [17]
2007 Ludacris
 ·Joshua Monroy & Phil Tan, engineers/mixers
Release Therapy [18]
2008 Kanye West
 ·Kanye West, producer
 ·Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean, engineers
Graduation [19]
2009 Lil Wayne
 · Darius "Deezle" Harrison & Fabian Marasciullo, engineers
Tha Carter III [20]
2010 Eminem
 · Andre Young, producer
 ·Andre Young, Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri & Michael Strange, engineers/mixers
Relapse [21]
2011 Eminem
 ·Eminem & Mike Strange, engineers/mixers
Recovery [22]
2012 Kanye West
 ·Kanye West, producer
 ·Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer, Mike Dean & Noah Goldstein, engineers/mixers
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [23]
2013 Drake
 · Noah "40" Shebib, producer
 ·Noel "Gadget" Campbell & Noah "40" Shebib, engineers/mixers
Take Care [24]
2014 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
 · Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, engineers/mixers
The Heist [25]
2015 Eminem
 ·Tony Campana, Joe Strange & Mike Strange, engineers/mixers
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [26]
2016 Kendrick Lamar
 · Derek "MixedByAli" Ali & James "The White Black Man" Hunt, engineers/mixers
To Pimp a Butterfly [27]
[28]
2017 Chance the Rapper
 ·Jeff Lane, engineer/mixer
Coloring Book [29]
2018 Kendrick Lamar
 ·Sounwave & Anthony "Topdawg" Tiffith, producers

 ·Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, James "The White Black Man" Hunt & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers
DAMN. [30]
2019 Cardi B Invasion of Privacy [31]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

See also

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance was awarded from 1991 to 2011, alongside the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Previously, a single award was presented for Best Rap Performance.

The Grammy Award for Best Rap Song is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality songs in the rap music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks. The term Hip hop as used to define the music genre came later, nobody including the African American pioneers who invented the art, the music, the rhymes and the dances in the Bronx, New York in the beginning were calling it Hip hop, in the Bronx people used to call it B-Beat Music that depended also on where in the Bronx you lived.

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