Annal: 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2001.

Album:Stankonia

Stankonia

OutKast

Big Boi and Andre 3000 make a monumental mothership connection on their utterly stupefying fourth album. At a time when the hip-hop “album” seems to be sadly declining in significance, Atlanta’s finest deliver a classic package of space-case imagery, curbside poetry, and delicious experimental funk. While the boys still celebrate their big pimpin’ lifestyles, “Gasoline Dreams” and the breathtaking “Humble Mumble” overflow with striking images of dashed American dreams and urban frustration. Stankonia’s most beautiful moments come in the name of love, whether it’s…

Album:Back For The First Time

Back For The First Time

Ludacris

If you’re looking for that typical “bounce baby bounce” Southern flair, then Ludacris’s debut is not for you. Instead of working from the usual template, Def Jam South’s first man out enlists the likes of hit-makers Jermaine Dupri, Organized Noize, Timbaland and the Neptunes (along with himself) to give the listener an album with a variety of contrasting styles and musical feels. There are the hard-hitting keys and snares on “U Got a Problem,” a streetwise freestyle track with more than enough boom for the beat junkies and plenty of lyrics for hip-hop purists.…

Album:The Blueprint

The Blueprint

Jay-Z

The Blueprint may be Jay Z’s most captivating record since Reasonable Doubt, but its predictably detached mood reflects the master hustler’s superior ability to trick out lackluster subject matter with lyrical complexity and brief flashes of manufactured introspection. The Blueprint, a solid mix of preprogrammed radio hits (“Izzo,” “Girls, Girls, Girls”) and better-than-average mid-tempo compositions (“Never Change,” “Song Cry”), confirms the Brooklyn rapper’s legendary status. Blistering flames of the Queensbridge/Jay Z feud fan high with…

Album:Pain Is Love

Pain Is Love

Ja Rule

Like rapper DMX, Ja Rule’s scratchy vocal delivery is an acquired taste. But given the success of his Lil’ Mo-aided hits “Put It on Me” and “I Cry,” it’s no surprise that his third album follows the same formula as its predecessor, as midtempo grooves mix with thugged-out beats and rhymes. On “Lost Little Girl,” a coming-of-age tale that charts the struggles of an urban hottie, Rule’s gift for storytelling shines bright. While “I’m Real (Murder Remix),” featuring Jennifer Lopez, is almost worth the purchase price alone, one must conclude that Rule is best…

Album:Scorpion

Scorpion

Eve

Give Eve credit for not succumbing to hip-hop’s fickle feminine fetishization. While Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim have degenerated into scantily clad clichés, Eve (the self-described “pitbull in a skirt”) has maintained her rougher edge without sacrificing a whit of her sexy energy. “Pretty with the heels on, or shitty with the Timbos,” is how she puts it on “Gangsta Bitches,” one of the standout tracks from this, her second, album. Eve’s clearly progressed as a lyricist, though her flow is occasionally on-the-beat clunky. That aside, she switches easily from…

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