Harlem rapper Ma$e took to Instagram last night to make public his disappointment in Jay-Z not winning any Grammy’s for his 4:44 album. Hov was nominated for eight Grammy awards including Best Rap Performance and Song of the Year for the single “4:44,” Best Music Video and Record of The Year for The Story of OJ, Best/Rap/Sung collaboration for “Family Feud” featuring Beyonce, Best Rap Album, and Album of the Year.
Ma$e posted the cover art of Jay’s 13th album on his Instagram account with the caption, “They didn’t let #JayZ win not 1 award out of 8 because he was talking [too] right on 4:44 for blacks #Hov #Salute #ImWoke #LessonLearned.”
The rapper’s 10-track LP drew positive reviews not only from Ma$e but the music world as a whole for it’s personal touch in addressing issues with his marriage, friendships, family and past mistakes in songs like “4:44,” “Kill Jay-Z” and “Smile” while making sure to keep themes of Black empowerment throughout the project with songs like “Family Feud,” and “The Story of OJ.” The album scored eight Grammy nominations which is an accolade not worth overlooking because the rapper didn’t win any in a very competitive Grammy’s season.
The majority of Jay’s losses last night came from Kendrick Lamar who snagged four Grammy’s in the rap category including Rap Album of The Year and also won for Best Music Video for the track “Humble.” Bruno Mars scored two big Grammy wins over Jay including Record of the Year for the single, “24K Magic” and Album of the Year for 24K Magic.
Jay-Z was not completely winless as far as Grammy’s go. The Roc Nation CEO was honored by Clive Davis at the Pre-Grammy Awards Gala as an Industry Icon for his role in the music industry as a legendary artist and taking his career a step further with his various business ventures with Roc Nation, Roc Nation Sports, Tidal and other investments Mr. Carter has made throughout his career.