Brooklyn rapper Fabolous took time to address fellow emcee Macklemore’s numerous wins at last night’s (January 26) Grammy Awards during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take today (January 27). When asked if Macklemore is overrated, Fab gave props to the Seattle lyricist for being a good artist and setting a good example for independent artists.
“I wouldn’t say he’s overrated,” Fabolous said. “I think he’s a good artist. I think he makes great music. And he’s one of the new artists that’s came in on the independent wave. So, I think he’s definitely done a lot for that whole wave too as well. So, I think he’s a good artist.”
In regards to Macklemore’s recent Grammy wins, Fab revealed that he would have been more surprised if Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won at an awards show similar to the BET Hip Hop Awards. He then credited the duo’s four Grammy wins on the pair being “more commercial.”
“If it would have been maybe at the BET Hip Hop Awards [it would have been] surprising," he said. "I think he’s more commercial and it fits in the kind of music that the Grammys celebrates and is looking for…There’s guys who’ve had tremendous success who’ve never won Grammys…50 Cent has sold millions and millions of records he’s not a Grammy winner because of maybe his style of music or whatever. But I think Macklemore fits in there."
During last night’s Grammy Awards, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Song.
In a series of text messages sent to fellow Grammy nominee Kendrick Lamar following the awards show, Macklemore stated that he “robbed” the Compton rapper of a Grammy win.
"You got robbed," Macklemore said via text message. "I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you."