Diddy was in quite the celebratory mood over this year’s Grammys weekend, reflecting on how inclusive this year’s Grammy categories were and how far hip-hop has come since his debut. The mogul took to social media to share a post-Grammy photo of three hip-hop’s game-changers — JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Nas — as they celebrated the genre’s achievements.
“3 Kings! 3 GREAT FRIENDS! Love you guys. #BlackGreatness,” Diddy captioned a photo of Hov, Lamar and Nas who were all dressed in black suits. Just one day prior, Diddy posted a photo of him and JAY-Z from the annual Roc Nation Brunch, and reminisced on how hip-hop grew from overlooked genre to one of the most popular genres today.
“Hip Hop was seen as a non priority in the 90s, it was seen as a genre of music that wouldn’t last. It was so raw and infectious that it broke out of just being a trend and became the culture,” he wrote. “This is the most diverse line up of Grammy nominees in history!!”
Kendrick, who walked away with a whopping five Grammy awards this past Sunday (Jan. 28), shouted out his idols Hov, Diddy and Nas in his acceptance speech for best rap album. “I’ve got a lot of guys in this building right now that I still idolize to this day — JAY-Z, Nas, Puff. These guys showed me the game through their lyrics, from close and from afar,” he told the crowd. “So what that being said, this trophy’s to hip-hop, real talk, that’s love baby.” He ended his speech by proclaiming, “Jay for president.” Hov had the most 2018 Grammy nominations but walked away with no awards.
See Diddy’s posts below.
— Diddy (@Diddy) January 30, 2018
Hip Hop was seen as a non priority in the 90s, it was seen as a genre of music that wouldn’t last. It was so raw and infectious that it broke out of just being a trend and became the culture. This is the most diverse line up of Grammy nominees in history!! pic.twitter.com/JKsp9pZ983
— Diddy (@Diddy) January 28, 2018