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Urban Legends: Grammy Family

From JAY-Z to Kendrick Lamar to No I.D., UMG has a stronghold on the rap and R&B categories.

This year will be my fourth attending Music's Biggest Night, and my first time seeing the ceremony in New York City. Actually, it's the first time the event has been held in NYC since 2004, so it will be a first for many in attendance. I'm excited every year for the Grammys (maybe not as excited as last year when Chance The Rapper won three, ha!), especially thanks to hip-hop dominating the performance slots and having two pivotal rap albums up for Album Of The Year.

UMG has some key artists nominated, proving they are second to none in the biz. From JAY-Z to Kendrick Lamar to No I.D., UMG has a stronghold on the rap and R&B categories. In honor of the 60th (gasp!) anniversary of the Grammys, I've partnered with Urban Legends to craft a dope playlist we're calling: Grammy Family. The playlist features the run of Universal artists who are nominated this year. But instead of just putting all of their nominated hits in there (I included a few!), I mixed it up a bit.

For example, No I.D. (who is up for eight Grammys this year) came in the game in 1992 alongside Common, and produced his debut album, Can I Borrow A Dollar. It's only right I included No I.D.'s first-ever commercially released single, "Take It EZ." And since he produced ALL of JAY's 4:44 album, I figured it was only right to include one of JAY and No I.D.'s first collabos together—"Success." Many of UMG's nominees have collaborated on monsters in the past, so we couldn't forget about those (e.g. JAY and Big Sean on "Clique.") But mostly, this list celebrates my favorites from this past year from the nominees. It's solid from front to back and skip free, so join our Grammy Family today. You'll thank us later.

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