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[*] posted on 12.15.2015 at 09:44 PM
Fetty Wap’s Best New Artist Snub Showcases the Grammys Bad History With Hip-Hop


Fetty Wap’s Best New Artist Snub Showcases the Grammys Bad History With Hip-Hop


Everyone from fans to music industry insiders had an opinion on the 2016 Grammy Awards nominees once they were revealed last week — for better or for worse. The annual awards ceremony, taking place on Feb. 13, is music’s biggest night, with the nominations list giving some major props to hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar leads artists in all genres with 11 nods for his work, proving his To Pimp a Butterfly album truly resonated with the people this year.

The equivalent to a superlatives section of a high school year book, the Grammys doles out awards to arguably deserving artists in categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year to Best, Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Before the ceremony even begins, there’s already a category clouded in controversy: Best New Artist. Like with all awards show nominations, there are some glaring omissions and one artist with good reason to have beef with the Grammy committee is Fetty Wap.

The New Jersey native, who emerged on the rap scene in late 2014 under the guise of the Trojan Horse that was his hit single, “Trap Queen,” was nominated for Best Rap Performance, but was locked out of the highly coveted Best New Artist category. The snub got quite a rise out of the hip-hop community, who had a few things to say about the news, most notably 50 Cent. Two days after the Grammys nominees were revealed, the rapper shared his thoughts on Fetty’s snub. “My Best New Artist Award go’s [sic] to, Fetty Wap,” 50 wrote as a caption to an Instagram post featuring Fetty’s album cover.

Fif also made sure to remind fans of his own prickly dealings with the Grammy committee after being snubbed for the Best New Artist award himself in 2004. “He put some real hits out this year,” 50 wrote of Fetty. “There over looking him. They did the same thing to me. Get Rich Or Die Trying, 13 million copy’s sold [sic].” The G-Unit general wasn’t the only one to speak up on Fetty Wap’s behalf, with a large number of rap fans on social media also taking note of the rising star’s name excluded from the Best New Artist nominees and calling shenanigans on what many took as a slight to rap as a whole.

Singer Tori Kelly, indie rocker James Bay, country star Sam Hunt, singing guitarist Courtney Barnett and pop darling Meghan Trainor are all in the running for Best New Artist at the February ceremony. All five nominees experienced a stellar 2015 in their own right, but outside of Trainor, none of the four other artists had as big of a year as Fetty Wap.

For one, only two of the four — Kelly and Hunt — scored top five debuts on the Billboard 200 with their respective solo albums and both failed to top the chart. Fetty’s self-titled debut achieved that feat in its first week of release to the tune of 129,000 album units sold and score the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Being that hit radio singles are a huge barometer for which artists get nominated, Fetty Wap can also have a gripe there. Of the five aforementioned artists, only Trainor placed a single in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, with “All About That Bass” peaking atop the chart and “Move My Lips” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” peaking at No. 4 and No. 8, respectively. Some naysayers may point to the critical acclaim that Barnett, Kelly, Hunt, Bay and Trainor received from the press, but Fetty Wap was fawned over by the biggest tastemakers in the industry.

His hit-making ability shouldn’t be in question given the fact that he’s dropped four tracks — “Trap Queen,” “My Way,” “679” and “Again” — that are among the most successful songs of the year. He didn’t even have a debut album out yet before he was breaking records on the Billboard charts. Fetty was the first artist to simultaneously have four singles on the Billboard Top 10 rap songs chart. The last artist to do that was 50 Cent in 2005 — he was the first to have four concurrent songs in the top 10. However, on one song he was a featured artist whereas Fetty Wap is the lead artist in all four of his charting tracks.


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Singer Tori Kelly, indie rocker James Bay, country star Sam Hunt, singing guitarist Courtney Barnett and pop darling Meghan Trainor are all in the running for Best New Artist at the February ceremony. All five nominees experienced a stellar 2015 in their own right, but outside of Trainor, none of the four other artists had as big of a year as Fetty Wap.

For one, only two of the four — Kelly and Hunt — scored top five debuts on the Billboard 200 with their respective solo albums and both failed to top the chart.
Fetty’s self-titled debut achieved that feat in its first week of release to the tune of 129,000 album units sold and score the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Being that hit radio singles are a huge barometer for which artists get nominated, Fetty Wap can also have a gripe there. Of the five aforementioned artists, only Trainor placed a single in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, with “All About That Bass” peaking atop the chart and “Move My Lips” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” peaking at No. 4 and No. 8, respectively. Some naysayers may point to the critical acclaim that Barnett, Kelly, Hunt, Bay and Trainor received from the press, but Fetty Wap was fawned over by the biggest tastemakers in the industry.

His hit-making ability shouldn’t be in question given the fact that he’s dropped four tracks — “Trap Queen,” “My Way,” “679” and “Again” — that are among the most successful songs of the year. He didn’t even have a debut album out yet before he was breaking records on the Billboard charts. Fetty was the first artist to simultaneously have four singles on the Billboard Top 10 rap songs chart. The last artist to do that was 50 Cent in 2005 — he was the first to have four concurrent songs in the top 10. However, on one song he was a featured artist whereas Fetty Wap is the lead artist in all four of his charting tracks.

Singer Tori Kelly, indie rocker James Bay, country star Sam Hunt, singing guitarist Courtney Barnett and pop darling Meghan Trainor are all in the running for Best New Artist at the February ceremony. All five nominees experienced a stellar 2015 in their own right, but outside of Trainor, none of the four other artists had as big of a year as Fetty Wap.

For one, only two of the four — Kelly and Hunt — scored top five debuts on the Billboard 200 with their respective solo albums and both failed to top the chart. Fetty’s self-titled debut achieved that feat in its first week of release to the tune of 129,000 album units sold and score the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Being that hit radio singles are a huge barometer for which artists get nominated, Fetty Wap can also have a gripe there. Of the five aforementioned artists, only Trainor placed a single in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, with “All About That Bass” peaking atop the chart and “Move My Lips” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” peaking at No. 4 and No. 8, respectively. Some naysayers may point to the critical acclaim that Barnett, Kelly, Hunt, Bay and Trainor received from the press, but Fetty Wap was fawned over by the biggest tastemakers in the industry.

His hit-making ability shouldn’t be in question given the fact that he’s dropped four tracks — “Trap Queen,” “My Way,” “679” and “Again” — that are among the most successful songs of the year. He didn’t even have a debut album out yet before he was breaking records on the Billboard charts. Fetty was the first artist to simultaneously have four singles on the Billboard Top 10 rap songs chart. The last artist to do that was 50 Cent in 2005 — he was the first to have four concurrent songs in the top 10. However, on one song he was a featured artist whereas Fetty Wap is the lead artist in all four of his charting tracks.

XXL recognized Fetty’s Drake-assisted “My Way” remix in the 20 Best Songs of 2015 list, highlighting the fact that the rapper “shot down any mention of being a one-hit wonder” after he released “Trap Queen.” Then there’s Rolling Stone, who ranked “Trap Queen” as the No. 2 song on the reputed music bible’s year-end list, beating out all tracks from the acts nominated for Best New Artist. Even Billboard praised the merits of the unlikely crossover single after putting it on their Top 10 Songs of 2015 (So Far) list in June.

After gathering up all of that evidence, it’s more than valid to question if Fetty Wap’s role as a young black male from an under-appreciated artform may have played a part in the Grammy committee’s decision to eliminate him from the Best New Artist category. Fetty Wap certainly isn’t receiving his just due and judging from the Grammys past dealings with hip-hop, that hunch has more than a little plausibility to it.

The 1990 Grammy Awards mark an important moment for hip-hop. That year’s ceremony was the first time a rapper was nominated for Best New Artist and had a pretty strong case to win. West Coast rap sensation Tone Loc goes down in history as receiving that nomination honor. The ceremony was also memorable for Milli Vanilli being stripped of their Best New Artist win due to a lip-syncing scandal. Unfortunately, no winner was ever named in their place.

Competing against Soul II Soul, Indigo Girls and singer-rapper Neneh Cherry, Tone Loc was the only artist outside of Milli Vanilli to score two top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with the crossover hits “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing,” as well as having his debut album peak atop the Billboard 200. Contrast that with Fetty Wap scoring a No. 1 hit with “Trap Queen” and having his own LP debut at No. 1 on the charts and it’s a head-scratcher as to why his resume doesn’t stack up in the eyes of the Grammy committee who selects the nominees.

Tone Loc not being awarded the trophy for Best New Artist may have been a travesty, but the Grammys had a rare case of clarity when rap group Arrested Development beat out Billy Ray Cyrus, Jon Secada, Sophie B. Hawkins and kiddie-rap sensations Kriss Kross in 1993. Arrested Development enjoyed a monster 1992, during which they released three top ten singles (“Everyday People, “Tennessee” and “Mr. Wendel”) and were named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone. The win may have been a big look for hip-hop, but could also be seen as a subtle diss to all of the gangster rap that was permeating pop culture at the time, most notably made by Snoop Doog, who could give Fetty Wap more than a little advice on being snubbed by the Grammys — he’s been nominated 16 times and has never won.

Snoop Dogg’s debut album, Doggystyle, was one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop, surpassing the mark for most records sold by a debut artist in its first week with 806,858 copies. The album featured two top ten singles in “What’s My Name” and “Gin and Juice,” and cemented Snoop as America’s resident bad boy. This may have contributed to him not being nominated for Best New Artist at the 1995 Grammys despite Doggystyle ending 1994 at No. 3 on Billboard‘s year-end list, two spots ahead of Counting Crows’ August and Everything After, and 50 spots ahead of Crash Test Dummies, both of whom beat out the Doggfather for a Grammy nomination.

The rapper being left out of the Best New Artist nominees in 1995 was a backhand to hip-hop of epic proportions, but what occurred at the 1998 Grammys would be the biggest sign of disrespect shown by the academy when it comes to the genre. The Best New Artist category included Hanson, Erykah Badu, Fiona Apple, Puff Daddy and Paula Cole, all of whom had contributed to one of the most solid years in music of the decade.

Coming off of the year’s biggest rap release with his debut, No Way Out, Puff Daddy was all but a shoo-in to be the first male solo rapper to take home hardware in the category to date. But Puff, who released four singles in 1997 that claimed either the No. 1 or No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200, was robbed by Paula Cole, who was awarded Best New Artist largely on the strength of her mainstream anthem, “I Don’t Wanna Wait,” which failed to crack the top 10 of the Hot 100.

Another glaring disparity was the success of their respective albums. Cole’s This Fire peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 while Puff topped the chart with No Way Out. Simply put, Puff, much like Fetty Wap, was more than deserving of Best New Artist by every metric imaginable and his loss was prime evidence of the Grammys bias against hip-hop








Tone Loc not being awarded the trophy for Best New Artist may have been a travesty, but the Grammys had a rare case of clarity when rap group Arrested Development beat out Billy Ray Cyrus, Jon Secada, Sophie B. Hawkins and kiddie-rap sensations Kriss Kross in 1993. Arrested Development enjoyed a monster 1992, during which they released three top ten singles (“Everyday People, “Tennessee” and “Mr. Wendel”) and were named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone. The win may have been a big look for hip-hop, but could also be seen as a subtle diss to all of the gangster rap that was permeating pop culture at the time, most notably made by Snoop Doog, who could give Fetty Wap more than a little advice on being snubbed by the Grammys — he’s been nominated 16 times and has never won.

Snoop Dogg’s debut album, Doggystyle, was one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop, surpassing the mark for most records sold by a debut artist in its first week with 806,858 copies. The album featured two top ten singles in “What’s My Name” and “Gin and Juice,” and cemented Snoop as America’s resident bad boy. This may have contributed to him not being nominated for Best New Artist at the 1995 Grammys despite Doggystyle ending 1994 at No. 3 on Billboard‘s year-end list, two spots ahead of Counting Crows’ August and Everything After, and 50 spots ahead of Crash Test Dummies, both of whom beat out the Doggfather for a Grammy nomination.

The rapper being left out of the Best New Artist nominees in 1995 was a backhand to hip-hop of epic proportions, but what occurred at the 1998 Grammys would be the biggest sign of disrespect shown by the academy when it comes to the genre. The Best New Artist category included Hanson, Erykah Badu, Fiona Apple, Puff Daddy and Paula Cole, all of whom had contributed to one of the most solid years in music of the decade.

Coming off of the year’s biggest rap release with his debut, No Way Out, Puff Daddy was all but a shoo-in to be the first male solo rapper to take home hardware in the category to date. But Puff, who released four singles in 1997 that claimed either the No. 1 or No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200, was robbed by Paula Cole, who was awarded Best New Artist largely on the strength of her mainstream anthem, “I Don’t Wanna Wait,” which failed to crack the top 10 of the Hot 100.

Another glaring disparity was the success of their respective albums. Cole’s This Fire peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 while Puff topped the chart with No Way Out. Simply put, Puff, much like Fetty Wap, was more than deserving of Best New Artist by every metric imaginable and his loss was prime evidence of the Grammys bias against hip-hop.


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[*] posted on 12.15.2015 at 09:56 PM
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The 12 Days of Fetty Wap’s instant Christmas classic, 'Merry Xmas'

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Fetty Wap — New Jersey rapper, bringer of joy and good tidings, the real Santa Claus — has just unleashed a Christmas song onto the world. "Merry Xmas" is everything a Christmas song should be: festive, twinkling, and brassy, with an ever-so-subtle undertone of vaguely monogamous sexual activity. It's so perfect in fact, that it deserves a song about itself; a song about listening to a song. So today, I present to you: The 12 Days of Fetty Wap.

The first day of Fetty Wap



You wake up in your childhood bed. There's snow on the ground. Everything is as it once was and nothing hurts.


The 2nd day of Fetty Wap



There's a fire in a fireplace you didn't know you had, and the boy sitting next to you smells like cinnamon and there's a very furry dog sleeping on a very furry carpet. This is an idea of comfort inspired by a J. Crew holiday catalog, but I don't think that makes the feeling less real.



For rest (which, strangely, are repeats of the first.... as if the second ...lol):

http://news.yahoo.com/12-days-fetty-wap-instant-161238930.html;_ylt=A0LEVzg71...




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