Pusha T has been on a winning streak.
In a year where rap easily dominated as music’s top genre, Pusha T’s 21-minute, seven-track Daytona album moved the needle and became one of the most successful hip-hop projects of the year, he won his rap beef with Drake and he earned a Grammy nomination for best rap album.
Pusha T has now revealed that he is not surprised Drake didn’t get a Grammy nomination for Rap Album Of The Year, despite his exploits on Scorpion.
Sitting down with the Associated Press, Pusha T spoke on his feud with Drake and explained why he didn’t think that he and Drake shouldn’t have been in the same category for Rap Album Of The Year at the Grammys. The rapper explained that the two are in different lanes and they should stick to it.
“No. I wasn’t surprised,” he said. “I think everybody needs to stay in their respective category. I don’t think me and him are in the same category.”
Push went on to explain that he was concerned that his feud with the Toronto rapper was going to overshadow the impact of Daytona, but in retrospect, it only gave him another W in his collection.
“That was a bit of distraction in regards to me being able to campaign that from the day that I put out the album up until something like the Grammys,” he said. “We were sort of strategic about that. Very strategic on how we discussed it and what we talked about, because that wasn’t part of the album. That was extra credit.”
Pusha T said when the Recording Academy added a nomination review committee to the rap category last year to serve as an additional layer of checks and balances, he felt like he had a stronger chance of getting a nomination.
“Maybe not never in my life had I ever thought about getting a Grammy, but I remember hearing about it and saying, ‘Damn, man, that’s pretty dope. I can’t wait to see how that turns out,’” he said. “I was really impressed with the effort of the Grammy committee and how they were trying to change the way of doing things. Now when I look at the nominees, man, we got a tough category, and all of those albums are albums that I rock with.”
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