Kendrick Lamar

Despite the flack Macklemore has received, Kendrick Lamar says the Seattle rapper’s big Grammy Awards weekend was “well deserved.”

In an interview with XXL, the Compton raper explained why he feels Macklemore is more than deserving of the honor. “It’s well deserved. He did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded,” he said.

Macklemore and partner Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards this year, including one for Best Rap Album. While many, including Macklemore, have said that Kendrick should have won, he isn’t upset about it. “Everything happens for a reason,” Lamar, who was nominated for seven Grammys, said. “The universe comes back around. That’s how it go.”

After the Grammys, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a text message he sent to Kendrick Lamar, in which he said Kendrick was “robbed”. The following day, he also added that he and Ryan Lewis had “an unfair advantage” at the Grammys, “due to race.”

“In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in a pocket in the industry of people filling out that ballot,” Macklemore stated. “This is not like a RapRadar poll, like a 2DopeBoyz poll. This is not a Hot 97 poll. This is the Grammys. This is many different types of people. All different age groups filling out a ballot where they might not necessarily know the genre.”