Under this page, we wanted to highlight the purpose of each category.

Cypher Sessions:

To highlight MC’s lyrical ability, enhance and promote hip hop culture. MC’s can be mainstream and non-mainstream.

Rating Criteria:

  1. Possess the ability to freestyle off the top of the head or kick writtens over any beat.
  2. Advance metaphors and similes in their lyrics
    1. Double and triple meaning
  3. Clear and smooth delivery

MC’s To Watch:

To highlight MC’s that are not known, have less than 10,000 views and/or under 50,000 subscribers.

MC’s must possess all skills below to be highlighted in this section:

  1. Advance metaphors and similes in their lyrics
    1. Double or triple meaning
  2. Clear and smooth delivery
  3. Great at putting together songs. Justbarz definition of a great song:
    1. Catchy hook
    2. Great storytelling and most people can relate or understand content of the song
    3. Makes you understand their perspective
    4. Consistent theme in the song with smooth transition in between verses and hook.

Barz In History:

To highlight MC’s prior to 2003 that went platinum or contributed significantly in Hip Hop history and to teach new generation of past influential MC’s that have made a mark.

MC must possess all skills below to be highlighted in this section:

  1. Advance metaphors and similes in their lyrics
    1. Double or triple meaning.
  2. Clear and smooth delivery
  3. Great at putting together songs. Justbarz definition of great song:
    1. Hook is catchy
    2. Great storytelling and most people can relate or understand content of the song
    3. Makes you understand their perspective
    4. Consistent theme in the song with smooth transition between verses and hook.

International Barz:

To highlight MC’s outside of the U.S. and see the profound impact of Hip Hop on a global level.