Drake Says Macklemore's Grammys Text Message To Kendrick Lamar Was "Wack" & Disingenuous

posted Wednesday February 12 ,2014 at 01:55PM CST | 307 comments

Drake Says Macklemore's Grammys Text Message To Kendrick Lamar Was

Drake on Macklemore: "If you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better. Make better music."

Soon after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards this year, Macklemore posted a text message that he sent Kendrick Lamar as a snapshot captured on Instagram. "You got robbed," Macklemore said at the time. "I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you." 

Drake recently spoke about the text message Macklemore sent Lamar and said "that shit was wack as fuck."

"I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better. Make better music,'" Drake says in an interview with Rolling Stone. "It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"

Drake says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' wins at the Grammy Awards were an example of "how the world works." 

"He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick," Drake says. "Whether people wanna say it's racial, or whether it's just the fact that he tapped into something we can't tap into. That's just how the cards fall. Own your shit."

Macklemore's text message to Kendrick Lamar also made Drake feel "funny" because he felt the sentiments should have been extended to more people.

"To name just Kendrick?" Drake says. "That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages."

In January, Macklemore said that he and Ryan Lewis had "an unfair advantage due to race" at the Grammys

“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 aRap 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.” 

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

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  • Andre.CO
    LOL at Drake basically saying Macklemore won because he made music that appealed to basically non hip hop listeners. Drake makes music for non hip hop listeners too. Half his fans are white suburban teenagers. Someone needs to tell Drake he's a Canandian faggot who forgets he's half white. Macklemore > Drake and no I'm not white
  • Da Realest
    the reason why Macklemore won best album over Kendrick is, in my opinion because: 1. Macklemore is an independent rapper 2. A fairly older artist compared to Kendrick (3 year difference) 3. His raps are about political, social, and economic issues compared to Kendricks 1. Compared to Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are not a mainstream artist and is an absolutely independent artist. Firstly his label Macklemore LLC is founded by him and is his only label. Kendrick however, is signed to Interscope, Aftermath, and Top Dawg. The major difference here is that Kendricks labels push him to release 'mainstream' music whereas Macklemore can independently release anything on his own accord. 2. Although its a 3 year difference in their active roles as rappers, Macklemore has 3 years of experience as a new school rapper living through the eras of thug, pop, and modern pop music. 3. Kendrick Lamar's album was once again an excellent piece of work, but "bigger picture" wise, Macklemore's album covered topics such as gender inequality, homosexuality, racism, scepticism, and so many more political and social issues that 'mainstream' rap normally promotes. Thrift Shop conveyed the message that brand names aren't all the hype and that in essence you are what you wear. Wings sought to display how ridiculous people treat shoes. Jordans, most popular among collectors, are a massive hype. Mack goes to show that people get killed on the streets OVER SHOES, the same thing that mainstream rap seeks to empower. Same Love addresses love in all its shape and forms. That its not limited to a race, gender and even idea. All I'm saying is that people need to open up their eyes to the lyricism that these individual put into their work. I applaud Kendrick, but as far as the bigger picture is, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis covered many of the pivotal topics that typical rap seeks to promote.
    • Anonymous
      "Macklemore's album covered topics such as gender inequality, homosexuality, racism, scepticism, and so many more political and social issues that 'mainstream' rap normally promotes. " ^ Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Eminem and Jay-Z are mainstream rappers. Do they promote these topics?
    • titooo
      I agree with Da Realest. In fact I do like Macklemore but I really dislike Ryan Lewis beats, hence I can't stand their album.
  • Nick T
    Don't let your hatred for Drake blind you. Drake is actually totally correct on this. Macklemore was disingenuous. He won the award; he was smiling when he won the award; he was happy. He apologized because he knew there would be a big backlash from the hip-hop community and he didn't want to be pigeon-holed as the guy who robbed Kendrick Lamar and castigated for that. He didn't apologize to the others who were nominated because he knew Kendrick losing was going to cause people to target him so he posted himself basically kissing up to Kendrick. If he just privately texted Kendrick - that's all good. But posted it for everyone to see? Clearly, that's a play to avoid hiphop community castigation. But to me, it came off worse - like "white guilt" or pity towards Kendrick. Hiphop has been missing from the grammys for years. They didn't even recognize when Guru died. Regardless, Grammy recognition has never cemented or destroyed anyone's status (Maybe more the latter). So relax Macklemore, you got a grammy but at the end of the day - history will determine the meaning of it.
    • Anonymous
      " He apologized because he knew there would be a big backlash from the hip-hop community and he didn't want to be pigeon-holed as the guy who robbed Kendrick Lamar and castigated for that. " You left out the part about him saying Kendrick deserved to win before he even won the damn award.
    • Anonymous
      "like "white guilt" or pity towards Kendrick. " I think he got a song called "White Privilege", you should check it out or read his lyrics
    • Anonymous
      I see so many people lost who really try to pretend But am I just another white boy who has caught on to the trend? When I take a step to the mic is hip-hop closer to the end? Cos when I go to shows the majority have white skin They marketed the windmill, the air flair and head spin And white rappers' albums really get the most spins The face of hip-hop has changed a lot since Eminem And if he's taking away black artists' profits, I look just like him Claimed a culture that wasn't mine, the way of the American Hip-hop is gentrified, and where will all the people live? It's like the Central District, Beacon Hill to the South End Being pushed farther away because of what white people did, now Where's my place in a music that's been taken by my race Culturally appropriated by the white face? And we don't want to admit that this is existing So scared to acknowledge the benefits of our white privilege Cos it's human nature to want to be part of something different Especially when your ancestors are European Christians And most whites don't want to acknowledge this is occurring Cos we got the best deal, the music without the burden Of being black in a system that really wants you to rock Cause all you need is a program and you can go and make hip-hop And we hate the mainstream cause we're the ones that took it Now we listen to Aesop Rock and wear t-shirts that say "Brooklyn" But it's not about black and white, right? I mean good music is good music regardless of what you look like But when you don't give them props isn't that selfish? That's like saying rock was actually started by Elvis So where does this leave me? I feel like I pay dues, but I'll always be a white MC I give everything I have when I write a rhyme But that doesn't change the fact that this culture's not mine [Hook] But I'm gonna be me, so please be who you are This is something that's effortless and shouldn't be hard I said I'm gonna be me, so please be who you are But we still owe 'em 40 acres now we've stolen their 16 bars Hip-hop started off on a block that I've never been to To counteract a struggle that I've never even been through If I think I understand just because I flow, too? That means I'm not keeping it true, I'm not keeping it true [Verse 2] Now I don't rap about guns, so they label me conscious But I don't rap about guns cause I wasn't forced into the projects See I was put in the position where I could chose my options Blessed with the privilege that my parents could send me to college Now who's going to shows, the kids on the block starving? Or the white people with dough that can relate to my content? Marketed the music, now adapted to the lifestyle What happened to jazz and rock and roll is happening right now Where's my place in the music that's been taken by the media With white corporations controlling what they're feedin' ya? I brought up Aesop Rock, but I'm not even dissing, dude We love hip-hop, and what do you think caucasians are listening to? And I speak freely when I write this If a black emcee examined race, there goes half their fan base, white kids And this is so true And we didn't even have to fight the system, we just went and picked up the microphone too And we got good at it so we should be rapping But only supporting them is like burning Jimi and buying Clapton Now Clapton's incredible, but no Jimi, no foundation So here comes history and the cultural appropriation White kids with do-rags trying to practice their accents From the suburbs to the upperclass, mastering a language But hip-hop is not just memorizing words It's rooted in authenticity, something you literally can't learn [Hook x2] But I'm gonna be me, so please be who you are This is something that's effortless and shouldn't be hard I said I'm gonna be me, so please be who you are But as I'm blessed with the privilege, they're still left with the scars Hip-hop started off on a block that I've never been to To counteract a struggle that I've never even been through If I think I understand just because I flow, too? That means I'm not keeping it true, I'm not keeping it true
    • Anonymous
      damn that realer than anything Drake ever wrote
  • Sean
    I'm sorry, but Drake is completely right in this situation. It would be ONE THING to do it and do it privately, it's a whole 'nother thing when you publicize it. What was that for ? Should of just said he respected his peers and anybody could of won it, no reason to post that on his twitter. Get with it people.
  • Anonymous
    sounds like drake is just sensitive he never got a text "we all should have gotten text" bitch ass catching feeling take your L and keep moving make better music your not even a rapper reincarnation of ja Rule circa 2002
  • Martin Veiland
    Drake is the one who should make better music...
  • Anonymous
    "Apologize for what? For making a better album than the one Nas did???" Please tell me you're joking.
    • Anonymous
      i dont think he is. dude thinks illmatic is wack but bigs up drake, meek mill, birdman and pitbull
  • Anonymous
    fuck these homo rappers real rappers make hardcore hip hop and look dangerous in a fight but these soft ass niggas would die in da streets
    • f@ckouttahere
      funny, you sound real hard behind the keys. you home reviewing hhdx between your slangin in the streets. cmon son.
  • Anonymous
    Its funny because Drake and Macklemore get played back to back on all the easy listening adult contemporary radio stations
  • titooo
    That Drake guy is a coward who only have balls to diss (some) white people, but is absolutely afraid to diss any black man even if they say "Drake I'm going to punch your momma". Drake says Macklemore robbed everybody and that he also need text messages. Drake, please explain how did Macklemore robbed you if you never ever released the best rap album of the year??? Oh, maybe is because you also do pop-rap like Macklemore? He also says that Macklemore winning a grammy just shows "how the world works" and I agree on him with that. That's how the world works and the reason why Macklemore won that grammy is the same reason why you are so popular: just because POP runs the music world.
    • WarrenG
      Shut the fuck up yu dont know shit about shit yur LMAO
    • titooo
      Please don't write anymore using WarrenG as nickname. You need to have some personality. Come back here once you got it.
    • WarrenG
      some my dik faggot
    • titooo
      You call me fagoot and you ask me to suck your dick? Only gay people ask other man to suck their dick. You are a funny dude xD
  • Anonymous
    Drake just doesn't want to think that in reality, Kendrick should have WON that award. Not him. Nothing Was the Same wasn't that Inspiring at all! So I don't know what the fuck he is tripping on! Yes it sold great but that isn't the only basis for success. It wasn't Critically acclaimed. Drake has a great fan base (mostly women) but his music doesn't hold great weight. It's on the radio because his music style is the trend. But Kendrick made something that hasn't been made in like 10 years! Just a true lyricist based project. So Macklemore was RIGHT in sending that text! The Grammy's are a flawed award show and Macklemore acknowledged it and Kendrick understands that this was a learning lesson and what he needs to do next time. Kendrick is going to be go hard this year. The collaboration with Imagine Dragons was the start! Drake is upset just like his sport Idol Lebron that new legends are rising such as Kendrick and Kevin Durant. Don't get salty people aren't talking about you 24/7 and calling you Kings! Do King shit!
  • wow
    Mac better come back at drake, standup for yourself.
  • oh really??
    ooo god dx please stop those posts... i mean whoo gives a fuck what drake says, what ryan lewis says it just makes mee saad fuck them all
  • SIG
    Read a few comments up. I was thinking best album of the year, got confused because Mackelemore and Kendrick were the only two nominated for both awards... FUCK you all. lol If Drake was nominated for best album of the year along with best rap album then maybe id agree. But he wasnt, only mack and kendrick, therefore the text to Kendrick is justified.
  • E.T.
    No way Drizzy really said that shit. Drake doesn't say mean things about other rappers. He's too soft. Why suddenly trash on Macklemore? Everyone knows hes a shitty rapper, most people know they shouldn't have won. Drake been bottling his emotions since grammy night. If he did say that shit tho, Drakes balls must have finally dropped sometime in the last week or so. In that case, we're in for a drizzy with more than a drop of testosterone. Diss Tracks with singing on the bridge. Weeknd on the hooks. Macklemore getting Ethered by Drake.I LOVE HIP HOP
  • Anonymous
    Who the fuck is Ryan Lewis? Never heard of him
    • Anonymous
      hes the man behind Macklemore and his sound (no homo, or maybe homo?)
  • DX love the dick
    Macklemore hair is the Drake of the hairstyle world .............GAY AS FUCK
    • rdcj
      Your the one judging another mans appearance! You have some shit in your closet!
  • tracerone
    I agree with Drake on this one. Macklemore's text message to Kendrick was really dumb.
  • william garcia
    truth hurts. ouuch
  • Mr. Ceeee
    Everyone CHILL! These two (three with Lewis?) will kiss and make up. Then they will probably make a song, no an album (Watch the Queen's Throne) together and win another Grammy for TRUE HipHop! By the way, don't forget your homies on Valentine's Day. Roses and give up the chocolate!
    • Drake Fan
      OMG! I would so buy that album, they would be a cute couple, but I still like Drake & Manziel, they are a good fit.
    • Mr. Ceeee
      2x OMG! You are so right! I bet Drake and Manziel "fit" very well together. Like interlocking pieces that were meant to be together inside one another...
    • Drake Fan
      I'm just happy that hey are back together & that Johnny was able to overlook what happened last time. Future needs to stay the fuck away from Drizzy.
  • Brian
    he really asked "why kendrick?" cuz he had the better album out of all of you! sensitive ass. Macklemore was genuine enough to say what we all know is true. its not about who would pay homage to who, its about what we all know; and thats who had the best rap album.