Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wale: L.A. Times Picks Their Best Grammy New Artist Front-Runners

Reads the Grammy rules: "A new artist is defined as any performing artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist as a performer." The "recording" in question doesn't have to be a full album, either.

Wale. Hip-hop isn't usually well-represented in the best new artist field, as one has to go back to Kanye West in 2005. That won't necessarily hurt Wale, as West is clearly a major influence on the underground-turned-major label rapper. His Interscope debut was released too late to be considered in any of the album fields, but it had plenty of buzz and a solid first week, selling nearly 30,000 copies. There's jazzy, Roots-like takes on his album, and it also has a guest shot from Lady Gaga. Grammy faves Chrisette Michele and Jazmine Sullivan also appear. It may be a surprise pick, but it's in the discussion. (source)

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