J. Holiday has something to say about all the women who are being nominated for Grammy Awards. He’s demanding that certain black women—namely Cardi B, SZA, and Beyoncé—stop using their own heartbreak and pain as inspiration to make music, stating that black men are still “losing” to women in that genre.
He slammed both the black women R&B singers and the Grammys on Instagram, stating, “Beyoncé, Cardi B, SZA, all y’all motherfuckers stop using that fucking pain to make it OK to say some bullshit on your record and get nominated for a Grammy for going through some bullshit, because so have I as a Black motherfucking man,” he ranted, and backtracked a little by adding, “No disrespect, I was raised by a woman, I have two older sisters, man, I have absolute, all respect for Black women. But with that being said, understand this, man: Black men, African-American men, men from the hood, we go through everything to make sure that who we care about are taken care of.” Watch the confusing remarks below.
Holiday’s shots at Beyoncé, Cardi B, and SZA seem a bit out of left field, especially since Holiday hasn’t really been relevant since his last hit “Bed” was released in 2007. His last album was 2014's Guilty Conscience.
And in no way are Beyoncé, Cardi B, and SZA the first ones to do it: drawing from personal experience is a focal point for many musicians, including Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino, male artists who have all been nominated at the 2018 Grammys for Album of the Year. Only one woman has been nominated for Album of the Year, Lorde, and only one woman has been nominated for Best R&B Album, Ledisi.
Since making the comments, Holiday's Instagram account has been inundated with bee emojis, because, as we all know by now, Beyoncé's fan go in.