Renowned hip-hop scribe The Source has awarded Kanye West‘s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with its iconic “5 Mic” rating, an accolade hardly bestowed by the publication.
Details on the achievement were revealed Thursday (December 2) afternoon.
Many folks wondered what would happen if Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy didn’t receive a “5 Mics” rating from The Source…well I guess we’ll never know. Finally ‘Ye joins the elite club of Hip-Hop legends like Nas, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Ice Cube, De La Soul and OutKast who have created an album deemed a classic by The Source. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was one of the year’s most anticipated albums and Mr. West delivered ten fold. We recognized the musical mastery. For the full review written by Andreas Hale, pick up the Year-End issue featuring cover boys Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa on newsstands everywhere, December 14th. (The Source)
The 5-mic system previously sparked a beef between Eminem and ex-Source owner/rapper Benzino.
In 2002, Benzino started a feud with Eminem. After not receiving a 5 mic rating he felt he deserved for his Marshall Mathers LP , Eminem started dissing The Source. Benzino claimed that Eminem was a product of the machine that sought to discredit black and Latino artists’ contributions to hip-hop. Benzino released a diss record called “I Don’t Wanna” where he claimed that Eminem was not real and true to the rap culture. It was not until Benzino dissed Eminem again with “Pull Up Your Skirt”, that Eminem responded with 2 blistering diss tracks. (All Music)
Prior to Lil Kim‘s 2005 Naked Truth solo album, rapper Bun B‘s recent Trill O.G. LP was the last project to “get five on it”.
Each album went through meticulous review from The Source‘s ‘Mind Squad’ across different categories that included originality, lyrical content, arrangement and production. Trill O.G. scored high enough to receive 5 mics, the holy grail of Hip-Hop ratings, granting it admission into an elite club of timeless musical compositions that span over 20 years. The album rating system has been a staple for the magazine in announcing which artists have put together the best album from start to finish. Bun B is the first artist to receive this honor in over 5 years. The state of Hip-Hop music returns strong with these releases and The Source celebrates the return of Hip-Hop dominance. These artists have pushed the envelope, crafted chart topping music and are helping restore Hip-Hop’s dominance, with Bun B the leading the pack. Trill O.G.‘s [5 mics] rating is something only a select few have received in the 22-year history of The Source. (The Source)
G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T recently talked to SOHH about Ye’s new album receiving a rare XXL rating by XXL Magazine.
“Kanye is well-deserving of an XXL rating, whether he got it or not,” Pusha told SOHH. “Rapping? People aren’t f*cking with him rapping. Musically? People aren’t f*cking with him. This is like he’s pushing the bar. He’s doing all of this awesome sh*t and at the same time he’s keeping [a straight] face about it. That within itself says ‘I win.’ He wins, with the XXL rating and all of that, he wins.” (SOHH)
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