Compton native Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” won the award for best rap album, beating out “4:44” by Jay-Z, “Culture” by Migos, “Laila’s Wisdom” by Rapsody and “Flower Boy” by Tyler the Creator. He led off his acceptance speech by referencing Mozzy’s debut album “1 Up Top Ahk” released in August 2017.
“Like my guy Mozzy say, God up top, all the time. Real talk, you know,” Lamar said.
Born Timothy Patterson, Mozzy grew up on Fourth Avenue in Oak Park and lived in Sacramento until moving to Los Angeles in 2016. Early gospel tracks recorded under the moniker “Lil’ Tim” have been largely replaced by lyrics about gangs and violence, but Mozzy’s upbringing still made an impression on Lamar, a vocal Christian whose winning album features heavy religious overtones.
When Bruno Mars took the stage to accept his song of the year award for “That’s What I Like,” he was flanked by Sacramento natives Jonathan Yip and Jeremy Reeves. The co-founders of The Stereotypes production group helped write Mars’ winning single, which has garnered nearly 640 million plays on Spotify.
Mars swept the most-desired categories Sunday night, taking home Grammys under album of the year for his “24K Magic” and record of the year for his song by the same name. He also won best R&B song, best R&B album and best R&B performance, while Lamar claimed best rap song, best rap performance, best rap/sung performance and best music video.
This year’s show drew controversy after only one of the nine main awards went to a woman – best new artist winner Alessia Cara – and Recording Academy president Neil Portnow called on women to “step up” if they wanted to be seriously considered in the future.