One day, Pusha T wants one of his solo projects to be nominated for a Grammy Award. But, for now, he'll settle for the two Grammy nominations that G.O.O.D. Music's hit song, "Mercy," received last month. The song, which features himself, Kanye West, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz, was nominated in the "Best Rap Performance" and "Best Rap Song" categories, and Pusha has a pretty good chance of taking home at least one trophy at the 55th Grammy Awards next month.
But, even if he doesn't end up walking away with a Grammy Award this year, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper is glad that "good hip-hop" (no pun intended) is finally get the recognition that it deserves. He talked about it during a Q&A with Rolling Stone earlier this week.
"Looking at the nominees, I really like the music," he said. "I remember when I was young the Grammy rappers would be like Young MC. He would be a nominee and I would be at home wishing Rakim would be nominated. Now it's Hov, Ye, Lupe, 2 Chainz…it's people who really make good music and music that I hear in my settings."
In addition to acknowledging his fellow nominees, Pusha also explained why he thinks the Grammy committee is nominating rappers that are more deserving of Grammy trophies than some artists who took them home in the past.
"The board can't deny good hip-hop anymore," he said. "A lot of good rap used to be overshadowed by sales and the commerciality of it. Now a good percentage of the rap nominations are good."
He makes some great points. And, if his theory holds true, we won't be surprised at all if his forthcoming solo debut, My Name Is My Name, ends up getting nominated for a Grammy next year. We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, make sure you tune into the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10 to see which rappers take home awards this year.