Ranking American rapper, The Game’s top 10 rappers alive according to the number of Grammys they have won

Jay Z remains first on the list, Eminem is up to second, Lil Baby retains 10th spot with 3 Grammy nominations.

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The Game

American rapper, Jayceon Terrel Taylor a.k.a. The Game recently took to Twitter to show his followers a list of the ten best rappers alive according to his opinion. The comprises both old-and-new-school MC’s, with Jay-Z coming in first place, followed by one of Game’s and hip-hop’s stylistic inspirations, Nas. Lil Wayne takes the bronze medal while Eminem and fellow Compton native, Kendrick Lamar round up the top 5. You can see Game’s original full list and ranking here.

The rappers on Game’s the list share a whooping 69 Grammy awards and 297 nominations among themselves. However, let us see where each of them rank according to the number Grammy awards they have won.

Jay Z (23 Awards, 80 Nominations)

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Hov won his first Grammy in 1999 in the Best Rap Album category with his 3rd studio album, Vol 2.. Hard Knock Life. The rapper, songwriter, producer, has gone on to win the award 22 other times, including two in 2020 for contributing to the songs, Black Parade and Savage as a songwriter.

Eminem (15 Awards, 44 Nominations)

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Slim Shady won his first Grammy award in 2000 for Best Rap Solo Performance with ‘My Name Is.’ He has gone on to win the award another 14 times, with 44 nominations. The ‘Lose Yourself’ rapper is Game’s former record label mate- Dr Dre’s Aftermath, from 2003 until 2006, when Game left the label.

Kendrick Lamar (13 Awards, 37 Nominations)

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Born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth on June 17, 1987, in Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar, is one of the biggest products of new-school hip-hop. Trademarked for his intricate storytelling, unique vocals, and flow, K-Dot rose to prominence with his 2012 album, ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City earned Kendrick his first career Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist and Album of The Year for in 2013. However, it won’t be until 2014 before he landed his first ever win for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “I”.

Andre 3000 (7 Awards, 23 Nominations)

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André Lauren Benjamin is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, and businessman. Andre has won 7 Grammys and secured 23 nominations, with his first recognition and win coming in 1999. He last won the award for Best R&B Performance in 2020.

Lil Wayne (5 Awards, 21 Nominations)

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New Orleans rapper, Dwayne Carter, a.k.a. Lil Wayne’s Grammys involvement began in 2006 when he, alongside Atlanta rapper, T.I featured in Destiny’s Child’s song, ‘Soldier’. However, the song which was nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration lost out to Jay Z and Linkin Park’s Numb/Encore. But Wayne rose to prominence at the yearly occasion in 2008 winning 3 on the night, including for Best Rap Song (Lollipop) and Best Rap Album (Tha Carter III). He has 5 awards from 24 nominations.

Drake (4 Awards, 47 Nominations)

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Born Aubrey Drake Graham on Oct. 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario, Drake took to Instagram last year (2020) to vent his anger with the Recording Academy’s side-lining of black musicians, after fellow Canadian musician, The Weeknd was totally snubbed following release of the 2021 Grammys nominations list. However, Drake scored his first Grammy nomination with his song ‘Best I ever Had’ in 2010 for the Best Rap Song category.   

Nas (1 Award, 14 Nominations)

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After receiving his first Grammy nomination in 1997, Nas did not win the shiny megaphone until 2021 with his 13th studio album, ‘Kings Disease’ coming first in the Best Rap Album category. It is surprisingly the only time the Queens bred rapper has taken the golden megaphone home from 14 nominations.

J Cole (1 Award, 12 Nominations)

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Cole has surprisingly received just one award and 12 nominations, despite being one of the most revered rappers of new school hip-hop. He landed his first nomination at the 54th Grammy awards for Best New Artist. However, he lost out to Bon Iver, an American indie folk band founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Cole did eventually win the Best Rap son category in 2018 for his feature in 21 Savage’s ‘A Lot’.

Snoop Dogg (0 Awards, 16 Nominations)

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Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., a.k.a. Snoop Dogg is a legendary rapper from California, same state where Game is from. Snoop scored his first nomination in 1993 for Best Rap Performance by A Duo or Group with Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang. He has never won it.

Lil Baby (0 Awards, 3 Nominations)

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Born Dominique Armani Jones, Lil Baby is arguably the surprise inclusion on this list. However, the 26 years old rapper, singer-songwriter has 3nominations. 2 (Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance) in 2020 and 1 (Best Rap/Sung Performance) in 2019.

Game has always been the master of name-dropping other rappers in his songs, often praising them for their impact and performance in the game. In his song ‘Martians vs Goblins’ where he featured Lil Wayne and Tyler the Creator, Tyler used this line: “Wolf Gang, we rock, crack rock and that sh*t was expected Like Jayceon whenever he name-drops,” referencing Game’s habit of calling other celebs in his songs. Game responded to the jab, saying: “Fu*k you, Tyler,” in the background. Game also proceeded to say that Wayne killed him on the song and so what, showing he’s never scared to give his fellow rappers the honour they deserve instead of reminding people that he’s a pillar in hip-hop.

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