This is the forth time The Source has given out this honor and with the major success the former underground rapper had last year, it was only right he be recognized. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had the kind of year some artist hope to carry out in an entire career. Capped off with three hit singles, a critically acclaimed album, award noms and too many endorsements to name. Macklemore shares the cover story with Chance the Rapper who is named ‘The Rookie of The year’. In Macklemore’s story he speaks on going up against Kendrick Lamar for “best New Artist” and “Best Rap Album” at the Grammys.

“In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick. He’s family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn’t win]. I’m not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album.”

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