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NOTEABLE READ: Hov Speaks on Grammy’s

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Grammys are nice, but for Jay-Z, it has always been about respect.

Despite winning a golden gramophone in 1999 for his Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life LP, Hov boycotted the show after the committee failed to nominate DMX that same year. “I didn’t think they gave the rightful respect to hip-hop,” Jay told MTV News back in 2002.

Jigga has, of course, been nominated and won numerous times since, including a Best Rap Album nomination for his and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album. Jay’s Roc Nation signee J. Cole also picked up a Best New Artist nom, and though the statues won’t be handed out until February, the God MC believes Cole is already a winner.

“I think it’s great for him, because I’m sure it’s a dream of his. We grew up seeing Michael Jackson, and I’m sure he grew up seeing whatever moment stuck in his mind, so I know it’s great for him to do that,” Hov told MTV News following a press conference announcing a pair of charitable shows at Carnegie Hall in New York. “I think he’s already won Best New Artist, to me. His journey is what I’m really excited about.”

Cole first broke out in 2009 after releasing The Warm Up mixtape online. Unlike most rap up-and-comers these days, Cole was actually signed before his breakout tape was released. After hearing his coming-of-age love story “Lights Please,” Jay signed the young rapper/producer to his Roc Nation label. Rather than commandeer the youngster’s project, Jigga let Cole find his own voice. Many, including Cole, expected his debut album to come out in 2010, but it didn’t — maybe for the best. When Cole World: The Sideline Story did drop in September, it sold more than 218,000 copies in its first week, hit #1 on the Billboard albums chart and is now certified gold…

MTV (Whole Article)

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December 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

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