Macklemore Says He Had "An Unfair Advantage Due To Race" At The Grammys

posted Monday January 27 ,2014 at 02:25PM CST | 283 comments

Macklemore Says He Had

Macklemore calls his Grammy wins, "The blessing and the curse."

Macklemore says that his four Grammy wins yesterday have both positive and negative aspects. 

“It’s the blessing and the curse, a little bit more the curse,” the Seattle rapper said during an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 that was published today (January 27). “First and foremost, Kendrick [Lamar] is a friend of mine. He’s somebody that I love his music and, in my opinion, had the best Rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and, in essence, rob Kendrick. That’s what happened tonight. It kind of sucks. I think we made a great album. I think that Kendrick made a better Rap album.”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammys yesterday (January 26), including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song. Macklemore said he knows why he and Lewis were so successful at the award show. 

“In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in a pocket in the industry of people filling out that ballot,” he said. "This is not like a Rap Radar poll, like a 2DopeBoyz poll. This is not a Hot 97 poll. This is the Grammys. This is many different types of people. All different age groups filling out a ballot where they might not necessarily know the genre.”

Macklemore also explained why he said he felt he “robbed" Kendrick Lamar, in particular, at the Grammys.

“What makes it awkward for me is the fact you never want to be the person that is robbing somebody else,” he said. "I think if you look at what the Grammys are, I think that what people don’t understand is what the Grammys are a bunch of people that are on the Grammy committee or in the industry [that get] a ballot. I got a ballot this year. Now, as I’m filling out the ballot, I’m realizing I don’t know much outside of the genre of Hip Hop in terms of who should get what award. So I’m like, ‘I don’t really know about singer-songwriter or country music or whatever,' but people are filling out bubbles of genres that they don’t know about. And that’s the process of it.”

RELATED: Macklemore Says He "Robbed" Kendrick Lamar At Grammys In Text Message

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  • -
    I think Macklemore should apologize for having a penis because he's kind of a pussy.
  • Anonymous
    "If Kendrick's hype deflated, people wouldn't be talking about him and other artists wouldn't be collaborating with him" The only people talking about him are on here lol As for collaborations, that's business, and doesn't accurately reflect someone's hype. Macklemore out selling him shouldn't of happened, especially after Kendrick's Control verse.
    • Anonymous
      "The only people talking about him are on here" Clearly you dont get around on the internet too much. He made national headlines in all the major newspapers, not to mention extensive coverage on every hip-hop and music website
    • Anonymous
      Don't forget about outside the internet, there's radio stations and MTV, BET, and all other music channel networks that talks about him and plays his music. "Macklemore out selling him shouldn't of happened, especially after Kendrick's Control verse." Considering that Macklemore has two #1 singles and Control's not even a single, it makes sense for Mack to outsell Kendrick.
    • Anonymous
      he thinks an over hyped verse on a big sean song is comparable to #1 singles going 7x and 4x platinum
  • casmir
    What makes it awkward for me is the fact you never want to be the person that is robbing somebody else" ...funny because the Big Tip off clue is they named their album "THE HEIST"
  • Anonymous
    Well I wouldn't say it was cause he is White. It's cause he was a Gimmick that's all.
  • Marx1684
    It's not his fault. He simply won. He got play on almost all stations. The Grammy's put on shows for artistic integrity but rarely does it seem that the votes are based off of that same integrity. More so sales & how an artist reached the masses. Kendrick may be honored later down the line as the Grammy's will most likely do all Hip Hop artists who help define the genre at one point in time. It's just a shame that they don't get to smell those roses while the actual impact is being made.
  • Chris O
    Damn this guy is an attention whore
  • Ugh
    This dudes fucking annoying, He is saying all this shit trying to act graceful and humble but he is just seeking attention. If he believed Kendrick should have won then thats the first thing he should have said when he accepted the award, not post HIS text to Kendrick on HIS Instagram saying he should have won. now this shit, again stop being an attention whore, your not spreading a message your just proselytizing and being annoying a shit.
    • Anonymous
      You obviously did not read the post HHDX put up. Mack stated that when he was giving his acceptance speech he intended to identify that Kendrick should have won. However, the music started playing and he had to get off the stage. Give the guy some credit for acknowledging that K.dot should have won. He clearly recognizes how the industry works.
  • Truth Hurts
    So basically .. Macklemore is a sexually confused, thrift shoppin' snitch that publicly posts private messages who literally can't just say "Thank You" and accept an award -- always some TMZ bullish to follow masked as a "cause"
    • Watup Gee
      Haha!
  • Mee Jones
    just before I saw the paycheck which was of $4299 , I have faith that...my... friends brother woz actualy erning money part time on-line. . there friends cousin haz done this 4 less than twenty two months and at present cleared the loans on their condo and bought a new Mercedes . visit this site right here... www.Fb39.Com GOD DAMMIT WILL SOMEONE INTERESTING EVER COME TO MISSOURI FOR FUCK'S SAKE
  • Anonymous
    "Thanks to politics" It's not the grammy's fault Kendrick's hype deflated.
    • Anonymous
      If Kendrick's hype deflated, people wouldn't be talking about him and other artists wouldn't be collaborating with him, but they are. So his hype is cool. Don't let your Kendrick hatred cloud your judgement.
    • Anonymous
      Fuck are you talking about... People are still talking about Kendrick being jerked. How has his hype died deflated? SMH! Typical crab in the bucket!
  • stoph8
    Why can't black rappers be like Macklemore and flow about stuff like thrift shops and gay marriage..instead they rap about money and misogony. No wonder people hate blacks. Macklemore is doing blacks a huge favor. No apology needed here. Black heads across america are bobbing to Macklemore's beats.
    • Anonymous
      Birdman and Wayne are gayer than Macklemore by a mile. Ol child predator homo ass pedo nigga pimpin teenagers and kissin em on the mouth but gets a pass in hip-hop? Black people are ass backwards sometimes
    • CJ
      WTF? I can bet no black man is 'bobbing' faglemores shit. The faggot has no right to even voice his opinion on any matter in hip hop. And who the hell said anything about 'people hate blacks'? wtf? You seriously need to check your head and stop listening to just fagelmore and eminem. Faglemore needs to respect the history of hip hop and stop flaming his gay ass into it.
    • Anonymous
      Have met one person yet that listens to Macklemore... Fuck are you talking about? LoL
    • NRG
      Because black rappers don't want to seem broke. That's why they don't rap about thrift shops. They already come from a low income community usually. They don't rap about gay marriage, because they feel that they'll sound soft.
    • Anonymous
      This is satire, right?
    • kill yourself
      kill yourself kill yourself
  • Anonymous
    man will he stop it and take the grammy. and stop being modest. ok so u won. dont put yourself down for winning. if that was the case you shouldve called kendrick lamar on stage and just given it to him.
    • yup
      yeah i agree, only a white guy would put himself down like that lol.
  • wiggerslayer
    Everyone on here licking macklmeores azz is white. Stop pretending you are not.
    • Anonymous
      I'm white & I think he's the gayest ball licker that ever ball licked balls
  • HIPHOPAWARDS
    At the end of the day WHO GIVES A FLUCK about a grammy. Any true hip hop fans know that Kendrick's album was fire. Macklemore's album was good as well so he should stop apologizing. Real hip hop heads don't give 2 flucks about the grammy's. They called it the grammys because its a bunch of old white mofos who know nothing about music so fuck it and keep hip hop alive...What up Tho!!
    • Awd
      except it's not a bunch of old white folks it's catering to the tastes of the mainstream world which includes a lot of young people. they are saying that hip hop is being misrepresented and watered down in the mainstream. what GOAT rapper you know won 4 grammies?
    • Anonymous
      Real hip hop heads also download everything for free. Macklemore basically reinvented the art of hustling, so it was only right the grammy's acknowledged this.
  • BigNoct
    Okay, we get it! Kendrick is a better rapper than you and he should have won Best Rap Album but I'm getting tired of your quote/unquote "Award Tour" where you're apologizing EVERY FUCKING MINUTE...We know that the Grammys are political...That's why I didn't even watch that bullshit...
  • Hollywood the God
    this is not some kinda in depth thought provoking revelation, it is true and we all know this...its cool macklemore understands that, but how many times is he going to keep saying the same shyt...he a grown man and cant control who will like his music and who wont...he should be happy hes getting all these accolades and stop talking about who is better than him and why he's winning...just do your music
    • ChitownJ
      Well said. In fact, he started spewing this well before the Grammy's likely talking himself into getting the sympathy votes. However in his defense Macklemore isn't trash so let's be clear. No he is no Kendrick, but then who is when you really think about it?
    • Anonymous
      If the media is going to continue to ask him questions, he will answer