Best Of 2018

Best Local Hip Hop Coverage: DBLCIN Magazine

Cincinnati music in general gets some cursory coverage from the local media, but one specific genre of music in the Queen City has an entire magazine (and website) dedicated it. DBLCIN Magazine is released quarterly, while its site keeps the coverage going between issues, regularly posting new songs, videos, events and news updates for some of the best in the Cincy Hip Hop scene. Both are high quality, from top to bottom — from the writing to the photography to the layout. In 2017, the magazine’s eye-grabbing double covers (on the front and back of each issue) featured local artists like Monty C. Benjamin, Aprina Johnson, JAYAL, Santino Corleon, Trademark Aaron and DATNATIKID, the gifted graphic designer who founded the publication. DBLCIN gives the local Hip Hop community a pretty face, but it’s also a sounding board and opportunity for exposure beyond the superficial that area artists are lucky to have. DBLCIN Magazine, dblcin.com