Best Rap Album

Nominees: J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive; Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly; Dr. Dre Compton, Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint, Drake If You’re Reading This Its Too Late

Snubs:

Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise
Third time’s the charm, right? Big Sean’s 3rd LP is easily his best, and should’ve gotten recognized.

Vince Staples, Summmertime ’06
What Vince Staples lacks in commercial appeal, he certainly makes up for in concise, prolific lyrical potency, possibly more than any other release this year.

Future, DS2
There’s something to be said about an album being possibly the most anticipated of the year, and delivering on every level, both commercially and critically.