The 2020 GRAMMYs are right around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted Best Rap Album honor. While we will have to wait for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards airing on CBS on January 26 to find out who will win, let’s take a look at the albums that were nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dream city
Dreamers IIIthe third opus of the label revenge of the dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and achieved gold status last July. In addition to a nod to the best rap album, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for the album track “Down Bad,” featuring JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical return to basics for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s debut artist album after a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackle social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second prize after 2015 Dreams are worth more than moneyand reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill’s nod to Best Rap Album 2020 marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
I am > I was – 21 savages
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Wild fall I am > I washis second album as a solo artist, in late 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole and many more, has since toured the world, in head of Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in early 2019, and achieved gold status in the United States. Additionally, nine songs from the album’s original 15 tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including the multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s Best Rap Album 2020 nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Singing Performance for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, “Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top category of the rap.
IGO – Tyler the Creator
the eccentric Tyler the Creator kicked off a huge 2019 with their mid-year album, IGO. Released last May IGO, Tyler’s fifth solo album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while his debut single, “Earfquake”, peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced entirely by Tyler and featuring guest spots from ‘other rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGO follows the rapper’s 2017 album, flower boywhich received the award for best rap album the same year.
The lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, member of rap collective YBN, has released his debut album, The lost Boy, critically acclaimed last July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill and others, as well as production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy. Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The lost Boy now earns two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for the album track “Bad Idea,” featuring luck the rapper.