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the 6-1-4

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. – James Baldwin

READ the April  6-1-4 Power Rankings Herehttps://flypapermagazine.com/april-614-power-ranking-spotlight/.

It’s time. The music that the artists of this have been putting forth over the past couple years deserve to be treated with respect and recognition.  The ongoing mantra of the FlyPaper Mag team is that FlyPaper is for the city. This is why our listen tab is dedicated to the singles, mixtapes, EPs and albums of Columbus artist (with few exceptions for some artist who are affiliated with Columbus). Our music tab was created with the purpose of recognizing songs of the week, project reviews, artist interviews and much more. With the second issue of the new FlyPaper, we are taking it up one more notch and releasing the very first FlyPaper Columbus Hip Hop Power Ranking Spotlight entitled The “6-1-4”.

For those that are not familiar with the term “power rankings”, they are a sports rating system that analyzes the results of competition to provide objective ratings for each team or player. Rankings are then derived by sorting each team’s ratings and assigning an ordinal rank to each team starting with the highest rated team earning the #1 rank. There are not officially sanctioned by any league, but instead a way for journalist to compile their opinions in a consistent, deliverable way.

Too many times, the question has been posed: “who is the best in the city?” Finally, we are taking it upon ourselves to give some insight to this question. A couple of things to note:

  • Power rankings reflect a specific segmented point in time. For a period of time during last year’s NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks were number 1 in the power rankings despite the fact that they were not the best team in the league. Their ranking was earned because for a stretch of time they were playing the best basketball.
  • Similarly, The FlyPaper 6-1-4 is NOT going to answer the question of who is the best in the city. What the FlyPaper 6-1-4 WILL do is answer the question of “what have you done for us lately”. As the spotlight will come out monthly, it’s entirely possible that an artist who wasn’t included on the list at all might rise to the top, and somebody who was on the top could possibly fall off the list completely. It is all a fluid system of momentum.
  • Come the end of the year, we will be giving a run down that ranks artist more definitively based off of everything that happened over the course of the year.  More on that later.

Hopefully, with our help, you will be able to stay up on all of the moves being made in the city, find out about some artists that you might not have been hip to and get more connected with the artists that you already know and love.

We have made a concerted attempt to be as fair, objective and honest as we could coming up with this list. There were certain criteria that we laid out when assembling the roster and this is how we see the city being best represented, sonically. As the months go on, we’re going to spend a considerable amount of time revising and improving how we make the selections.

As it is now, here is the break down:

The 6 –

Since the beginning of time, listening to music has been a community experience. The key to truly growing as an artist is connecting with your audience. Activity is key to sustained growth and having a great career. Taking into account several variables such as philanthropic efforts around the city, social media engagement, quantity and quality of shows/performances, frequency of releases (videos + songs), and collaboration efforts, here are the SIX artists whom we think are doing a good job of staying engaged with their audience and active on the music scene.

The 1 –

There always has to be ONE. With this spot, we list who we think is the current face of Columbus hip hop. The 1 has all of the qualities listed in the previous category. They are engaged with their audience, they are putting out quality music, they have the respect of their peers and are making a lot of noise in the city. Everybody wants to be the 1…

The 4 –

…and here are the four that are closest to overtaking him/her. The artists that fall under this category have all of the intrinsic qualities that the 1 has. All together the 1 + 4 are five artists that everybody in Columbus should be looking at, in the eyes of FlyPaper.

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Putting our money where our mouth is. We have to be up front about it; the FlyPaper 6-1-4 IS a FlyPaper product.The naming of “The Columbus Hip Hop Power Ranking Spotlight” was intentional: the power ranking is a spotlight to give an at-the-moment snapshot on the hip hop culture here in Columbus.

Though we did our best to eliminate any bias, it is still subjective. We know that there are going to be people who disagree with it and look forward to having conversations about it. Like it or hate it, let us know! The first FlyPaper 6-1-4 Columbus Hip Hop Power Ranking Spotlight comes out next week. Check for it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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