’12 Underrated Albums: #2 Killer Mike R.A.P. Music

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Everyone likes when a plan comes together. Such is the case when producer El-P hooked up with Killer Mike to score last year’s R.A.P. Music (Rebellious African People). Bun B, T.I. and Trouble set the tone on the lyrical monster “Big Beast”. But make no mistake, Mike’s no slouch. He’s meaner than John Hinckley Jr. on “Reagan” and engrossing with narratives like “JoJo’s Chillin” and “Don’t Die”. He catches the holy ghost on the title track and wrestles with his spirituality on “Ghetto Gospel”. Before closing out the project, he saves the best for last with the ode to his grandfather, “Willie Burke Sherwood”. It’s safe to say, hip-hop’s got a new people’s champ.

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  • Man this album is a 5 mic masterpiece that everybody should have heard,I love this album str8 up.LP on the beats too.Killa said some of the realest shit ever on here and was killing the lyrics.Love it.
    Loch 50 Cent ft. Eminem and Adam Levine My Life freestyle: http://youtu.be/5JgMw5YMb5Q

  • Aggie Pride

    Ok i don’t know how this is underrated alot of people have this one of the top five albums of the year. I hope to also see this as one the top albums of the year.

  • B.Dot

    In terms of sales, mass consumption and intangibles, etc. it was. That’s not to say it wasn’t good though

  • Aggie Pride

    I think their basing this category on good albums that didn’t sell good.

  • Ten Macaroni Necklaces

    Still haven’t heard this but I keep hearing good things about it. Guess I need to check it out.

    I thought SchoolboyQ’s h&C would make the list but I’m guessing it’ll be Mackelmore.

  • B.Dot

    The hype is warranted. It’s a good listen. especially “Willie Burke Sherwood”


    This is a great album. This album really shows how even if your a great rapper and have a great producer that if you don’t have a big label push you will slide through the cracks. This should be up for a Grammy but killer mike is so underground he never gets his just due. Oh and pledge 3 was dope as hell too.

  • Will

    Shouldn’t this be #1?



  • Doe Money

    Who? WHo?

  • It’s the roc

    This album was golden era quality. Good choice. And B.Dot, maybe you should write more commentary more often, you are actually pretty good at it. You flipped that whole Holy Ghost/spirituality line like a rapper. I would vote that this category be renamed next time though

  • Missedgyc

    AGREE 100%

    pure dopeness.

  • Killer Mike and El-P put out a fantastic album! it is on my list of best albums of the year!
    Let me know what you think and leave a comment! Got some overlaps with RR and some other new ones. Naming 10 best is impossible but we are trying to throw some shine on projects that we thought were great from 2012.

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