Now that the 56th annual Grammy nominees have been announced, the great debates can officially begin. When it comes to the “Best Rap Album” category, the selection comes from hip-hop’s usually heavy hitters and a few new kids (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar). They’ll go head to head with Drake, Kanye West and Jay Z on Music’s Biggest Night. Sure, these choices were all no-brainers, but who else really deserved a spot. There’s always politics involved, but VIBE wanted to pick 10 other releases that also deserved a shot to win a gold trophy.
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