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Killer Mike got his formal introduction to the industry when he first appeared on the Outkast single "The Whole World" for which he won a Grammy. Mike then signed to Outkast's Aquemini label, which was distributed by Columbia Records, and in 2003 released his debut album, "Monster" which went Gold. After a short stay at Big Boi’s label, Purple Ribbon/Virgin, ... Read more in Amazon's Killer Mike Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B007LNJ71W
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Release Date: 5/15/12 Nearly a decade deep in the rap game, Mike has released five critically hailed records and won a Grammy for best Rap Collaboration with Outkast for the song "The Whole World." But, in no uncertain terms, Mike will tell you that R.A.P. Music is his finest accomplishment. He'll even call it a "classic." Of course, every rapper calls every one of their albums a classic. The only difference is that Mike's right.

BBC Review

"This album was created entirely by Jaime and Mike." Jaime (Meline) being El-P, the iconoclastic producer from Brooklyn, and Mike being Killer Mike (aka Michael Render), the brash MC from Atlanta, Georgia. With all the force captured on R.A.P. Music — window-shattering bass lines, dizzying drum breaks and acerbic lyricism — one would think a militia recorded this album, Killer Mike’s sixth solo offering. But through all this heart-stopping activity, it really comes down to just two people: Jaime and Mike.

Here, they’ve crafted an abrasive pièce de résistance that grows more agitated as it plays, condemning crooked police officers and the American justice system, among other things. This music declares war: face-punching, heart-stomping, no-holds-barred conflict for your ears and mind. It’s an all-out assault on pop culture and its worldly accessories.

Mike doesn’t waste time, either. "Hardcore G s***, homie, I don’t play around / Ain’t s*** sweet ‘bout the peach, this Atlanta, clown," he exclaims at the top of Big Beast, the album’s energetic opener. From the onset, it’s clear that R.A.P. Music will live beyond mainstream music’s popular notions: you don’t dance (easily) to El-P’s beats and Mike doesn’t (usually) rap about his clothes. This isn’t easy listening — no overly sensitive bellyaching and no hollow wordplay. Instead, this album might make you feel uncomfortable, but it’s supposed to.

Reagan is a case in point, a condemning piece focusing its ire on a certain actor turned US President. Over an ominous blend of sullen piano keys and deep synths, Mike is candid: "Thanks to Reaganomics, prison turned to profits / ‘Cause free labour’s the cornerstone of US economics." The mood gets even darker on Don’t Die, which denounces rogue cops and the federal government. On Anywhere but Here, Mike ponders the sordid histories of New York City and Atlanta.

Killer Mike and El-P are equally important to R.A.P. Music’s vitality. Sonically, these compositions — East Coast boom bap with Southern crunk — writhe with restless urgency and hold your attention for the album’s 45 minutes. Lyrically, Mike’s social commentary is refreshingly honest, his words painting an elaborate portrait of despair. R.A.P. Music is a diary for the oppressed. It’s a battle cry for change and a call-to-arms for the socially disadvantaged. That’s quite the feat for its two protagonists: Jaime and Mike.

--Matthew Bennett

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"I've never really had a religious experience, in a religious place.
Closest I've ever come to seeing or feeling God is listening to rap music."

This is the first collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P (who produced the entire album), and it's incredible.

This is what real hip hop is. Forget about Jay-Z and Kanye, or Drake or A$ap.
Mike and El-P beat any of them hands down.

Stand out tracks include :
Southern Fried
Reagan where Mike's anger and scorn come out of every word
R.A.P. Music

Also check out the album that El-P and Killer Mike produced together under the name "Run The Jewels".
It's as good as this, with both Mike and El-P rapping an every track.
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By Bruno Carlos Barbalho on 23 April 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Classic album and I must have for all fans. By far one the best album by this artist! Get it!
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By YaDontStop92 on 18 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Coming across this album was the best musical discovery i ever made. Its the only album thats ever made me just sit there and think after listening to the whole thing. No lie, i was in bed, it was like 3am and when the title track ended i just sat up in deep thought. It sounds cliche and kinda corny but i dont give a s***, THIS ALBUM IS JUST TOO DOPE.
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By Sean on 15 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Killer Mike has produced here one of the greatest rap albums of 2012. This album is so hard it is unreal and will take you aback. Killer Mikes raw voice over El-P's heavy beats make for one great album.

Check out the best songs on the album which are:

Big Beast
Reagan
Don't Die

To get a feel for the greatness of this album
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Format: Audio CD
Brilliant….I listen to this all the time.
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