“So when Macklemore beats out Mr. Lamar — and also Jay Z, Drake and Kanye West — for a rap award, he makes sure to kiss the ring. “I robbed you” is an incredibly powerful phrase in this context — for a white artist muscling into a historically black genre, essentially uninvited, and taking its laurel. This is the whole cycle of racial borrowing in an environment of white privilege in a nutshell: black art, white appropriation, white guilt, repeat until there’s nothing left to appropriate.” — Jon Caramanica of the New York Times

The GRAMMYs did “rob” Kendrick Lamar! The racial makeup of the voting members is a large reason why things like this continue to happen, especially to black artists! I know first hand, because I used to work for The Recording Academy and they did the same thing to Jazmine Sullivan for the last five years.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/arts/music/finding-a-place-in-the-hip-hop-ecosystem.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1.

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