MichelinBars is the music appraisal portion of KB for Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B artists. Michelin Bars are awarded to artists who have demonstrated their incredible capacity for the genre within a single verse. MichelinBars takes it’s name from the French Michelin Red Guide Book that awards Michelin stars for excellence to a select few hotels and restaurants. Similar to the star system, the highest accolade we give is the three-Bar award. While the majority of artists are not considered for even a single Bar, earning a Bar should be considered one of the highest honors in the industry.
MichelinBars has a unique take on musical criticism. Instead of analyzing an entire song or album, we home in on the most impressive verses that artists have delivered in their musical career. We present MB’s to artists who have performed exceptionally during a specific verse, and evaluate their cunning with regards to three different criteria. Setting, Verse, and Delivery. While the genre has developed artists that are more talented in some aspects than others, (i.e. lyrically, compositionally) the grading rubric is designed so that all artists are equally considered.
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