01/29/2014 02:14 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2014

Kendrick Lamar On Macklemore's Rap Album Win: 'It's Well Deserved'

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Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won Best Rap Album at Sunday's Grammys for their hit album, "The Heist," beating out breakout sensation Kendrick Lamar, who many believed was more deserving of the award.

Macklemore, who also won awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop," took to Instagram to show that he was a part of the group that felt Lamar should've taken Best Rap Album for his critically acclaimed "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City." Macklemore posted screenshots of a text conversation with Lamar, telling the rapper, "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have."

In an interview with XXL this week, Lamar commented on the snub and voiced his respect for Macklemore. "It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man," Lamar told the publication. "He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go."

The California-born rapper has kept himself busy in the days since the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Following the awards show, he hit the stage at the TDE fan appreciation concert, playing to a packed crowd in support of his label. Tuesday night (Jan. 28), Lamar joined Jay Z to make a surprise appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden for J. Cole's concert on the night of his birthday.

For more from Lamar, head over to XXL.



The 2014 Grammys Red Carpet