See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Detroit rappers Royce Da 5’9” and Big Sean both get Grammy nods

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 4:43 PM

click to enlarge Royce Da 5'9'' and Big Sean. - JENNY RISHER, JAMIE LAMOR THOMPSON / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
  • Jenny Risher, Jamie Lamor Thompson /
  • Royce Da 5'9'' and Big Sean.

Royce Da 5'9'''s most recent album, The Allegory, prompted this newspaper to create a masterful cover story complete with resplendent art.

It was one of the last issues that Metro Times would publish before the coronavirus pandemic upended the entire world.

At that time, I — that very same writer — declared, “Royce is hoping to not just lead others to the light, but to be the light.”

And perhaps he has.

The Allegory has earned Royce Da 5’9” his first Grammy nomination for nothing less than Best Rap Album.

Joining him in the category are: Black Habits by D Smoke, Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist, A Written Testimony by Jay Electronica, and King’s Disease by Nas.

"I hope that it starts a narrative and a conversation that it's OK to be smart, it's OK to be hip-hop," Royce told Metro Times. “It's OK to have balance."

Balance has been necessary when it comes to releasing albums during a global pandemic.

Also this year, Big Sean put out Detroit 2, which has been critically acclaimed and earned him a lot of support from local writers and fans.

His single “Deep Reverence” featuring a special appearance from the late, great Nipsey Hussle earned the Cass Tech graduate a nod for Best Rap Performance.

Former ESPN star and podcaster Jemele Hill, who recently celebrated her own good news that her comedy series co-produced by fellow Detroit journalism legend Kelley Carter and actress Gabrielle Union, tweeted her support.

“Two of the nominees appeared on @JHillUnbothered,” she wrote, plugging her podcast. “Moral of story: Appear on @JHillUnbothered and a Grammy nom is in your future.”

Congrats to all the homies.

Certified election results on Monday. Two Black Detroit women have a series coming to Showtime, and two Detroit rappers have Grammy nods — it’s official; we're on a winning streak.

Just don’t mention the Lions.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 20, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation