A brand new set of rappers enter into the OG realm because the generations move and it’s at all times fascinating to listen to their ideas on the newcomers. A rap report card from the late Nineteen Nineties, achieved by Nineteen Eighties MC Kool Moe Dee, has surfaced the web from the Book of Rap Lists, launched in 1999, and there are grades for a number of rap veterans from Jay-Z to DMX.
U.Okay. scratch DJ Jimbo Jones shared a tweet on Sunday (Jan. 8), which included the report card with rappers from the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties and the way Kool Moe Dee felt about their general skillsets as artists.
Jones captioned the submit, “Back in the 80s, Kool Moe Dee did a report cards with grades for rappers on the inner sleeve of the ‘How You Like Me Now’ LP. Ego Trip got him to do another one at the end of the 90s. Fun reading.”
On the cardboard, there are 10 completely different standards which are ranked on a scale from one to 10 and an accrued whole. The classes embody vocabulary, articulation, creativity, originality, versatility, voice, data, stage presence, sticking to themes and innovating rhythms.
The first on the record is Hov, who scored sevens for vocabulary and flexibility, nines for articulation, creativity, sticking to themes and innovating rhymes, eights for originality and voice, six for stage presence and a ten for data. Altogether, Jigga had an 82, which leveled out to a strong B.
Below Jay-Z on the record is DMX, who had barely increased numbers. Like Hov, X obtained sevens for vocabulary and flexibility, nines for articulation, data and sticking to themes and 10s for originality, stage presence and innovating rhythms. The late rapper’s remaining rating was an 89, with a letter grade of B+.
The straight A college students included Busta Rhymes, Treach of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Tupac Shakur and Mystikal. Lauryn Hill and The Notorious B.I.G. got an A+ with nines and 10s throughout the board.
The lowest rating was a C+ and one of many rhymers to par at common was Mase. However, his then-rapping partner-in-crime, Diddy, obtained a B, along with his lowest grade coming within the originality class. Puff was given a seven.
Lil Kim, an XXL Awards board member, and Foxy Brown each obtained As with Kim’s tabulation popping out to an 83 whereas Fox Boogie had an 82.
This afternoon (Jan. 10), Jimbo Jones wrote one other tweet in response to the rap report playing cards going viral.
“It’s crazy how my post has made it to so many places! It’s all love ❤️ All from my ego trip’s book of rap lists (second copy after the first one disintegrated) 😂,” he typed.
The report card from the Nineteen Eighties included the grader himself, Kool Moe Dee, with a 95, Melle Mel (95), LL Cool J (90), Rakim—though it’s spelled Rahkim—(91), KRS-One (90) and lots of extra.
Book of Rap Lists is the work of Ego Trip, which is made up of Gabe Alvarez, Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson and Brent L. Rollins.
Do you agree with these scores?
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