Q-Tip attacked the organization and awards show across a series of videos where he defends the group's latest and final album, We Got It From Here... F*ckin' get us to get out there and f*cking perform previous year and close that sh*t, and y'all don't get us no f*cking nominations?
In the first of five Instagram videos uploaded on Tuesday afternoon, Q-Tip expressed frustration with the snub after being asked by the Grammys to perform in the wake of Phife Dawg's passing: "Y'all fuckin busted y'all ass to try and get us out there and perform!" This f**king album that we just put out, this last Tribe album, it stands with everybody's s**t that's up there. Vince Staples, who failed to receive a nomination, blasted the show as well in since-deleted tweets. Flume won his first earlier this year, for best dance/electronic album (for Skin) and Gotye cleaned up with a hattrick of trophies in 2013, including record of the year for the instant classic "Somebody That I Used To Know", featuring Kimbra. Thank You 4 Your Service' last November and it was hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the best of the year.
"We were the most black cultured group out". This last Tribe album. This fuckin' album we just dropped. He continues, "They was tryin' to get me to come out there and vote in the Rap category for some new sh*t that they doin'; I ain't do it, and we don't get sh*t? That's how we represented". It stands with everyone else's shit that's up there. Y'all don't even give Bob Marley a Grammy. Sick of y'all Grammy f*cking n*ggas. I'm exhausted of bitin' my tongue all the f*ckin' time and trying to be nice and sh*t. Yes, I'm hot. Get off my lawn. Marvin [Gaye] only got f*ckin' one.
"Thick of It" singer Mary J. Blige was another artist who a Los Angeles Times music writer named as being snubbed along with rapper Future.