rating is for how the beats feel and how they hit on an emotional
Since this is about hardcore hip-hop, the harder and thicker the beats,
the higher the rating. PRODUCTION:
rating is for the overall sound of the LP. The scratching, the use of
the engineering, the mixing.. Since this is hardcore hip-hop, the
creative and sometimes more underground production generally gets a
rating. (note: Beats and Production are NOT the same thing.. they go
in hand but an LP can be over-produced and have lame beats.. and vice
For the most part, the ratings for production and beats are similar. LYRICS:
This rating is for how the emcee using his/her words and what words
are. This includes subject matter, metaphors, similies, vocabulary,
punch lines, etc. ORGINALITY
/ CREATIVITY: This rating is for both the orginal and
aspects of both the emcee and the production. Are the lyrics creative?
Is the subject matter redundant? Has the beats or samples been used
Is it a typical LP or is it bringing something new to hip-hop? ALBUM
FLOW: This rating is for how the songs blend together. Can
listen to the whole LP in one sitting? This also rates the sequencing
the songs. Are there too many skits? Too much filler? HARDCORE
RATING: This rating is for hardcore vibe of the LP. There
a couple different ways to judge this:
of the emcee and/or producer.(Beats can be apart of it too). For the
Is the MC holding back or being true to their heart or what she/he
Someone like Chuck D or Krs-One would get a high rating for this.
matter and types of subject-(the more explicit, the higher the rating).
of violence, sex, drugs, etc. (the more explicit, the higher the
of mainstream / underground appeal- Someone like Will Smith would get
extremely low hardcore rating while someone like Cormega would get
high. But, on the other hand, someone like Jay-Z (who is very
would get a somewhat high hardcore rating due to his subject matter,
of sex/violence and hardcore expression.
are some dope LPs that I recommend:
Prince Po- "Pretty Black"
The Roots - "Game Theory"
Sadat X - "Black October"
J Dilla - "The Shining"
Juggaknots - "Use Your Confusion"
Nujabes -"Modal Soul"
Pase Rock (of Five Deez) -
Strange Fruit Project - "The Healing"
C Rayz Walz - "Year Of The Beast"
Mr. Complex - "Twisted Mister"
Serengeti - "Dennehy"
Gnarls Barkley - "St. Elsewhere"
Ghostface Killah - "Fishscale"
D-Tension - "Contacts & Contracts II"
Boss Hog Barbarians- "Every Hog Has It's Day"
Blaq Poet - "Rewind << Deja Screw"
Skyzoo & 9th Wonder - "Cloud 9: The 3 Day High"
Boot Camp Clik- "The Last Stand"
Gorillaz - "Demon Dayz"
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midgit who doesn't get it... This is site is written in slang
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