Resurfaced Kool Moe Dee’s rap report cards divide Twitter


Rappers, unlike other musicians, are often compared to one another. In the present day, we have the Verzuz battle that gives the rappers a platform to prove they are better than their counterparts.

However, back in the day, rapper Kool Moe Dee created rap report cards, grading rappers such as Jay-Z and DMX.

The report cards, which were first made in the late 1980s and 1990s, have resurfaced on Twitter, dividing fans over the rankings of different artists.

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Back in the 80s, Kool Moe Dee did a report card with grades for rappers on the inner sleeve of the ‘How You Like Me Now’ LP. Ego Trip got him to do another one at the end of the 90s. Fun reading.

— aka Jimbo Jones (@jimbojonestown) January 8, 2022

Kool Moe Dee’s rap report cards explored

Kool Moe created the rap report cards for Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists that was released in 1999.

The resurfaced report card includes a list of rappers, ranked based on a number of categories by Kool Moe himself.

The rappers are graded based on Vocabulary, Articulation, Creativity, Originality, Versatility, Voice, Records, Stage Presence, Sticking to Themes, and Innovating Rhythms.

The first report card shows Kool Moe’s name on top with an overall score of 95 and an A+ grade. That’s followed by Melle Mel with the same score and grade, but Beatie Boys have got the least score of 70 and were given grade C.

Meanwhile, Lauryn Hill has got the highest score of 97 on the second report card with an A+. Biggie is next with an overall score of 95, while Jay-Z has got only 82 and a grade of B.

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Don’t even argue with her.

Claiming Jay Z wasn’t versatile is like claiming Lauryn Hill couldn’t sing… it’s too stupid to even debate.

— Rayyah (@BoostBaba) January 11, 2022

Grades and scores divide Twitter

Twitter users wouldn’t accept everything on Kool Moe’s report card without arguing and defending their favorite rappers.

Several have questioned Kool Moe’s ranking of the rappers while offering their opinion. A majority of them feel that Jay-Z deserved a better score.

One tweeted, “Just seen a rap list that had Mystikal, Treach, and Kool Moe Dee rated higher than Jay-Z. I’m never debating music with anyone again.”

Another wrote, “Some of this is accurate but Lauryn is not better than Big, Pac, X, Nas, or Jay. Puffy should not be outscoring Mase. Jay Z and Nas’s grade needs to be higher. I give this report card B-“

Adding to the above tweets, one said, “I simply choose not to exist in a reality in which Busta, Lauryn Hill, Ras Kas, Canibus, Treach + Ice Cube are ranked higher than Jay Z and NAS”

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Why did the rapper create the report cards?

Kool Moe explained in an interview with Los Angeles Times in 1987 that his reports cards weren’t meant to be “insulting.”

When asked what inspired him to create it, he said, “I listen to everything that comes out–and I mean everything– so I figured that I’d make a pretty good critic.”

“It’s all a matter of knowing your competition. The idea of a report card wasn’t meant to be insulting. I try to have good relations with all my rivals,” he added further.

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