Best Rap Album
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Childish Gambino, Because the Internet
Common, Nobody's Smiling
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood
The Experts Say
Charli XCX: I recently listened to the Childish Gambino album on a flight, and I was really into it. He's a great rapper, and his album just has a really cool feel.
Patrick Carney: I dig Schoolboy Q, but I think I'm going to give this one to Wiz Khalifa. I've known him for a few years, and he just got divorced. He's having a hard year.
Eric Church: I'm a child of the Nineties, so I've always loved Eminem — always thought he's a poet. But Iggy Azalea just jumped right off the radio for me. A lot of rap feels like it's become a little bit predictable to me, but her album was refreshing.
Wayne Coyne: I like Common, and my friend Miley Cyrus tells me she likes Childish Gambino. But if you're asking me, this one is Schoolboy Q, hands down. He's having fun with it. To me, he seems like he's in the category of "I just want to get fucked up and fuck all the time." Maybe that offends some people, but I just think, "Jesus, people. Let's have some fun, you know?"
Vegas Odds Favor
Iggy Azalea 2-1
Who Should Win
Schoolboy Q's new spin on West Coast gangsta rap was one of the year's best.