What Makes Classic Hip Hop Magazine's Album Ratings So Special?

 Whether you remember these or not, you’ve definitely heard about the “five mics” rating. The Source famously “ruined” their reputation in the early 00’s. We’re bringing back that credibility with our ratings.

Whether you remember these or not, you’ve definitely heard about the “five mics” rating. The Source famously “ruined” their reputation in the early 00’s. We’re bringing back that credibility with our ratings.

It’s been a while since the last post in the About section of Classic Hip Hop Magazine so it’s time to keep this section of the mag rolling. Following in the vain of our last post, we are going to be talking about our classic hip-hop album reviews. Our stated goal is to be the best in this category. We bring a scientific approach and a mathematical approach. All based on the simple, time-tested scoring mechanism of the dice. Every single track on every single album is broken down to a single digit between one and six. At the end we divide it by the number of tracks and voila you have the albums true score (in our opinion of course, but I must say our taste is impeccable). Similar to what Einstein said about the almighty G-O-D, we don’t play with dice either!

What’s Special About Our Reviews?

What makes us really special is how rare our perfect (6/6) ratings are. Like the old The Source magazine, and the music magazine above all others, Rolling Stone, we are notoriously stingy with our Classic (6 out of 6) scores. However, unlike those mags, we don’t take into account things like influence and cultural importance. We are strictly about the music. Even though those things might influence our rating, they are just subconscious factors.

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How Rare Is A CLASSIC?

So far our ratings (we are pretty deep into many artist’s discographies by now) have only spawned three CLASSIC ratings: 1988’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, 1993’s Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers & 1995’s Liquid Swords. All those albums possess something truly outstanding as well as consistency which is key to achieving a CLASSIC rating from us. We look forward to rating the rest and seeing how many CLASSIC records there are!

What’s Next?

Once we have completed an artist’s discography we can start to make ranked lists (which everybody loves) and ours will be hands down the most credible rankings available anywhere. So stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter!

Alexander Ramalho