- R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Rank: #18 / 860
USER SCORE
82
Based on
123 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Consequence of Sound

Erudite without being overwrought and passionate without being dogmatic, what we’ve got here may be the best rap album of the year – at least, so far.

90
PopMatters

Biographical shock value aside, R.A.P. Music provides enough jaw drops on its own merits that it’s sure to be a record that comes to define 2010s hip-hop in some way.

89
Beats Per Minute

The resulting album is one that is deceptively simple, a send-up to the aggressive cultural awareness of old-school rap on the surface, filtered through a hundred different post-apocalyptic scenarios, musical and lyrical.

86
Pitchfork

Limiting himself to one producer, legends-only guest spots, and a real sense that he'd better make this one count, Killer Mike rises to the occasion.

85
The 405

With R.A.P. Music, Killer Mike has made his play for not just the best rap album of 2012, but for the best of recent memory.

83
A.V. Club

It certainly feels like the culmination of his unusual career. 

80
Drowned in Sound

This is jazz, this is funk, this is soul, this is gospel… but most importantly, R.A.P. Music is rap music, as fresh as it comes.

70
FACT Magazine

What Killer Mike should be praised for here is making an album that’s shorn of any extraneous nonsense and simply goes hard – regardless of the style he does it in.

50
NME

The ambition is to be applauded, but half the album’s a grind. And not the good kind. 

User Reviews
Oct 16, 2015
exception
89
killer mike comes up huge with a (at the time) breakthrough album. it may be a much later peak in his career than it is for the usual artist, however his skill is even better than many younger rappers. his ability to tell a clear story with his words is a gift, and that is exemplified in R.A.P. Music. El-P has some top-tier behind the boards work, and the gritty street tone of this album leaves it like no other.
fav tracks: big beast, southern fried, reagan, dont die, r.a.p. music
Dec 22, 2014
Rhythm
NR
Killer Mike put it out an end-to-end great album. Its filled with bangers and serious political content.
Nov 25, 2014
Zatak
83
Great record! Killer Mike it's dope on the track Southern Fried, delivering some of the best rap riffs I've heard him putting out. Also the self titled track here is one of my favorite moments, I think it's a perfect end to the album, with great beats. Awesome production.
Nov 20, 2014
Tom Simmons
80
Fav Tracks: Big Beast, Untitled, Go!, Southern Fried, R.A.P. Music
Oct 18, 2014
JustAReflektor
92
Great rap album. Everything is done well.
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DETAILS

May 15, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Williams Street / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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# 15 - AllMusic
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# 9 - Cokemachineglow
# 6 - Consequence of Sound
# 3 - Exclaim!
# 18 - Gigwise
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# 32 - No Ripcord
# 29 - Paste
# 8 - Pazz & Jop
# 13 - Pitchfork
# 6 - PopMatters
# 16 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 20 - Rolling Stone
# 8 - SPIN
# 18 - Spinner
# 23 - Stereogum
# 39 - The Guardian
# 35 - The Quietus
# 27 - The Wire
# 10 - TIME
# 43 - Tiny Mix Tapes
Track List
  1. Big Beast (Feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble) 
  2. Untitled (Feat. Scar) 
  3. Go! 
  4. Southern Fried 
  5. JoJo's Chillin 
  6. Reagan 
  7. Don't Die 
  8. Ghetto Gospel 
  9. Butane (Champion's Anthem) (Feat. El-P)
  10. Anywhere But Here (Feat. Emily Panic) 
  11. Willie Burke Sherwood 
  12. R.A.P. Music
Contributions By
Greg Fisher, patton, erik
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Added on: April 8, 2012