The Source

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The Source is an American hip hop and entertainment website, and a magazine that publishes annually or semiannually. It is the world's longest-running rap periodical, being founded as a newsletter in 1988.[1]

The Source
The Source (magazine).jpg
Cover of November 2008 issue
EditorJonathan Shecter/Adario Strange/Selwyn Seyfu Hinds/Kim Osorio
CategoriesMusic magazine
Frequency1–2 per year
Circulation175K
First issue1988; 34 years ago (1988)
CompanyThe NorthStar Group
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York, U.S.
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.thesource.com
ISSN1063-2085

The Source's Five-Mic albumsEdit

The Record Report is a section in the publication in which the magazine's staff rates hip-hop albums. Ratings range from one to five mics, paralleling a typical five-star rating scale. An album that is rated at four-and-a-half or five mics is considered by The Source to be a superior hip hop album.[2] Over the first ten years or so, the heralded five-mic rating only applied to albums that were universally lauded hip hop albums.[3] A total of 45 albums have been awarded five mics; a complete, chronological list is below.[4]

Albums that originally received five mics:[2]

Albums that were not rated upon their releases, but were later rated five mics in 2002:[2]

Albums that originally received 4.5 mics, and were later re-rated to five:[2]

Albums that originally received four mics, and were later re-rated to five:[2]

MusicEdit

Compilation albumEdit

The Source released a compilation album of hip-hop hits.

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1997 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits 38 25
1998 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 2 46 29
1999 The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 1999 45 53
1999 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 3 45 29
2000 The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2000 17 16
2000 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 4 43 35
2001 The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2001 28 34
2001 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 5 47 38
2002 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 6 35 31
2003 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 7 89 46
2004 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 8 45 43
2004 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 9 75 36
2005 The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 10 60 47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (January 29, 2003). "War of the Words at Hip-Hop Magazines". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Got Five on It". The Source (150). March 2002.
  3. ^ Osorio, Kim (May 14, 2012). "5 Mics: Who Got Next?". The Source. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Kanye West Earns 5 Mics In The Source". The Source. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010.