Monday, May 4, 2009

READ! The Glass House Rating System

K. Scribe and I have decided to implement a rating system for all the music reviews that we're going to run on the blog. I just want to share the breakdown below to give you an idea of the criteria that'll be used. Since The Glass House is pro-education, we decided to base it on the standard 4.0 GPA Scale.

Note - I am artist of sorts and I encouraged all feedback and criticism (preferably anything constructive). Any artist that's reviewed on the blog is someone that both myself and K.Scribe feel is highly talented. If you see a review of an album, mixtape, etc. that's not the greatest, know that it's a testament to the product and not the artist. If you were wack you wouldn't even be mentioned and that's not to say that if we don't mention you that you are. There's mad music coming out of the DMV right now and we both have this thing called "a day job" that takes up a lot of valuable time. We'll definitely try to get to as many people as possible but if you want us to check your music out in particular, let us know. Email K.Scribe at or just holla at me. Y'all know I'm everywhere so I'm pretty easy to find lol.

Glass House Music Review System:

The Glass House Grade Point Average (GPA): 4.0 Scale

The Glass House (GH) introduces its music review rating system to infuse a degree of objectivity into its reviews and also to give it the Glass House brand. The Glass House Grade Point Average features the GH Dean’s List and of GH Scholars. We’ve all endured the wait for transcripts, so you know the routine—but just in case you forgot.

A◊ 3.5-4.0
B◊ 2.5-3.49
C◊ 1.5-2.49
D◊ 1.0-1.49
F◊ 0.0

Of course there’s the minuses and pluses (e.g. A+, A-) and look out for those as well.
Currently, there are four categories upon which the artist will be evaluated.

Category I: Artistry
Reflects the artist’s creative hustle, just what sets them a part from others in the genre? Is there swag just a mirror image of someone else’s or has it been cultivated to a level of authenticity.

Category II: Wordplay
Here’s our version of your language arts courses, there’s intro to advanced. We’re looking at lyricism--diction, delivery, and depth. Emcees with empty phrases get recycled like abandoned boxes, but the ones with substance speak for themselves.

Category III: Beat Chemistry
Remember that chemistry lab with where you and your lab partner did your best to create some winning concoction? We liken that to music production, minus the Bunsen burners, of course. The Glass House knows that production is more than beat game, more than mixing, and producing involvement varies per producer, so this is how we sum up the science for listeners.

Category IV: Relativity Factor
This category serves as the official Glass House “it” factor. Does the artist rebel against its genre and fan’s expectations? The Glass House aims to reach a broad range of young listeners who may fall into varying social demographics but who are all looking for something that or someone who relates to them yet challenges typical social aesthetics. Artists who score high in this category attract more than the typical audience, but reach into the nooks and crevices of society to capture indie, pop, hip hop purists, etc.

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