Annal: 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2002.

Album:The Eminem Show

The Eminem Show

Eminem

Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem’s skills or his potential for raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled on The Eminem Show’s first track. Armed with a quicksilver flow and a thundering rhythm track (the record was exec produced by longtime mentor and partner Dr. Dre), “White America” finds Eminem ferociously mauling the hand that feeds him, lambasting his critics, the industry, and the racism that, in many ways, helped make Marshall Mathers more than just another rapper. “Let’s do the math,” Em sneers, “If I was black I would have sold half/…

Album:Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry

Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry

Petey Pablo

Petey Pablo, whose gruff and agile vocals are buffeted by truly inspired party beats, is dead set on putting his home state of North Carolina on the map, and he might just be able to pull it off. A personality rapper who’s less sugarcoated than Nelly yet not quite as gritty as Mystikal, Petey Pablo specializes in hip-hop anthems that might actually sound better flooding a football stadium than they would a dance floor. “919” in particular (or at least the clean version) is destined to become a pro-sports event favorite, down in North Cackalacka. And he deserves…

Album:Nellyville

Nellyville

Nelly

When your debut album scans 8x platinum, why mess with the formula? That’s what Nelly must have been thinking on Nellyville, as he virtually carbon-copies the Country Grammar template on his follow-up. This time around, though, unusually large chunks of his rhyme schemes are fixated on tales of his rise from rags-to-bitches. On tracks like “Work It” (which sadly features Justin Timberlake of toy band ‘N Sync) and the title track, hip-hop’s materialistic excess hits a fever pitch. Still, “bling, bling” never sounded so good over St. Lunatics in-house…

Album:Tarantula

Tarantula

Mystikal

On Mystikal’s last effort, Let’s Get Ready, his rapid-fire flows and throaty vocal delivery created two chart-busting singles, “Shake Ya Ass” and “Danger,” that became a part of the hip-hop canon for 2000. On Tarantula, Mystikal attempts to duplicate those same sounds and energies with mixed results. “Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against the Wall)” comes off sounding like a “Shake Ya Ass, Part 2” with much less bite, despite the lyrical potshots hurled at Osama bin Laden and the Pharrell Williams hook. Likewise, “If It Ain’t Live, It Ain’t Me” reads…

Album:Word of Mouf

Word of Mouf

Ludacris

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