RHH: Are Hip Hop Magazines Album Reviews Still Relevant?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Question by The Infamous Stephen Escobar: RHH: Are Hip Hop Magazines Album Reviews Still Relevant?
im not tryin to bash them i bought the source last month but it just seems like anything u can get in in XXL or the Source you can get on a hiphop website thats a more up to date ex: reviews, interviews, rumors, ect. but i know, no online review “5/5″ will mean the same thing as “5 mics” or “XXL”. so are magazines album reviews still relevant?

RHH2: When was the last time you bought a Hip Hop magazine.

RHH3: Do u agree with the Source that The Naked Truth – Lil Kim is a 5 mic album
(up there with Illmatic, The Blueprint, Aquemini & It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and others that are in Rolling Stone’s top 500 greatest albums of alltime)

Best answer:

Answer by GRKiller

1. No. The fact that some of these so-called “hip-hop magazines” have even taken the time to review work by Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy has destroyed all legitimacy they once had.

2. Never

3. lol, No

What do you think? Answer below!

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15 Responses to “RHH: Are Hip Hop Magazines Album Reviews Still Relevant?”

  1. 1
    Q-Tip Says:


    RHH2: Like a year ago

    RHH3: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA You have got to kidding me!

  2. 2
    The Evil Genius Says:

    1. I read them occasionally.
    2. My subscription to XXL just ended. I dint think I’ll renew, I could just check their website or any other Hip Hop site.
    3. Haven’t heard it.

  3. 3
    ShallowDeep - A.o.D Says:

    1. No, they’re not relevent t ll, just like the first guy said, they review some of the most whack rappers to pic up a mic. I think hip hop magazenes will be replaced by legit hop hop websites soon enough.

    2. never

    3. no?

  4. 4
    bENzhi ◄▬▬●★● Says:

    I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to spend money when not necessary, so for me buying a magazine is pointless if I can get the same stuff online. I still think magazines are relevant however, there is something about getting an album review printed and published in a magazine that makes it more official.

    Last time I bought a RHH mag was in the summer, it was August’s edition of XXL with Young Jeezy talking about trappin’ and his work. At this point I was sick of RIP Michael Jackson editions and just wanted to get a general hip-hop read.

    No I don’t, not at all. In fact, giving it 3/5 is being extremely generous, it doesn’t compare to those albums you mentioned.

  5. 5
    representin_gbg Says:

    Nah. I just saw Plies and Lil Wayne both get XLs on some album or another in XXL.

    RHH2: I haven’t bought a Hip-Hop Magazine in over 2 years.
    RHH3: Just because an album gets 5 mics doesn’t mean it’s a classic or it’s perfect. It just means it should receive an A rather than a B as a letter grade. I’d rate a lot of albums as 5/5 but not necessarily 10/10 or 100%

  6. 6
    Shelltoe what would JCVD do? Says:

    RHH: i never really cared much for album reviews in the first place so they have never been relevant to me.

    RHH2: i bought Scratch about a year ago. not real big on magazines

    RHH3: i havent heard the album so i cant say. but i have heard Lil Kim and that makes that hard to believe.

  7. 7
    Scholar Says:

    They never were relevant to me. I let my ears decide.

  8. 8
    Impulse Says:

    No…websites are way faster, get information and all that minutes to hours later, the magazines you get a month later. It’s outdated.

    RHH2: The Ludacris movie edition of XXL.
    RHH3: No.

  9. 9
    The Notorious D.Ⓐ.V.Ǝ. Says:

    cosign GRKiller

    except in RHH2 i say:
    a month ago

  10. 10
    italian.beauty Says:

    RHH: I agree with GR. How does Soulja Boy even get an interview? pathetic.

    RHH2: Maybe a year and a half ago.

    RHH3: hahahaha. fail.

  11. 11
    The REAL Jack K Says:

    No, but as a whole magazines aren’t relevant. You buy it, and it’s got maybe three articles you’ll read and a bunch of crap you won’t. Surf the net enough and you’ll find a review or an interview for free.

    Never paid for one

    Not at all.

  12. 12
    Otto Says:

    1. I used to like XXL and Scratch, never The Source or Vibe (too much azz kissing and payola involved), but Scratch has ended and XXL just gives everyone a XL now, plus I read a review of one of Cam’s albums and they misinterpreted an entire song. Like for reals? Why review something that you don’t even get? SMH @ their “critics”. On top of that, they also claimed “Laffy Taffy” and “Party Like a Rockstar” were some of the best hip-hop songs of the 2000′s. I’m seriously waiting for XXL to review Lady Gaga’s next album as they seriously don’t even know what hip-hop is anymore.

    2. Last year I bought an issue of Scratch. I usually read magazines at Barnes & Noble or the library for free, though.

    3. Never listened to it. Didn’t like the singles.

  13. 13
    devin_the_dude187 Says:

    1. i stopped taking the source seriously when they awarded lil kim’s naked truth 5 mics (it was the only hip hop magazine i read)

    2. probably back in 2003

    3. see my first answer

  14. 14
    D.P. = Revolution Rhymer Says:


    2: beginning of last year, mixtape mag

    3:I don’t believe anything from the Source

  15. 15
    amelia Says:

    Yes I love True Magazine they have the best content ! check out the website

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