Brooklyn’s own Desiigner now has a Grammy nomination on his resume, as it was announced today (December 6) that he’s a contender in the Best Rap Performance category for his ubiquitous “Panda.”
Given the news, he was so emotional he could barely even muster an adlib.
The award even gets name dropped in the song in a lyric that acts as somewhat of a prophecy.
By his own explanation, Desiigner wrote in the Genius translation annotation to the lyric, “It was thinking about Grammys. I can’t even explain. The man above blessed me. I can see now the Grammy. Everything I’m saying in my song is coming to life.”
When he dabbed onto the scene in late 2015, the Brooklyn MC was seen mostly as a Future clone (and he didn’t really help things by naming a track after Future’s Pluto album or by trolling him with a performance of “I Got The Keys”). But over the course of the year, “Panda” became a bigger hit than anything Future ever released, and the 19-year-old expanded his brand and sound to mostly put the comparisons behind him.
Their names started getting put together again today once the Grammy announcements dropped and people realized that the teenage MC had beaten Future in the race to get a nomination. Many were shocked and took to Twitter to air out their grievances.
Kanye West prophesied the moment when, after last year’s awards, he blasted the Academy for what he viewed as being out of touch with the streets. He said that inviting Future to the ceremony would legitimize the awards in the eyes of Hip Hop.