Album
R.A.P. Music
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Artist
Killer Mike

R.A.P. Music by Killer Mike

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Rank: #10 / 765
USER SCORE
82
Based on
73 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
JustAReflektor
92
Great rap album. Everything is done well.

Scotty
82
Very political album but it does not have its shortage of bangers, either. Stand-out tracks- Big Beast, Go!, Reagen, Don't Die, Willie Burke Sherwood and R.A.P. Music. Great Album.

90
Best Tracks: Big Beast, Untitled, Southern Fried, Reagan, Don't Die, Butane, Anywhere But Here, Willie Burke Sherwood, R.A.P. Music
Worst Track: JoJo's Chillin
Overrated:JoJo's Chillin
Underrated: Anywhere But Here

76
Tapping into some of the earlier hip hop influences, Killer Mike has a potentially great record with some weak hooks and underwhelming production in places.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: May 15, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Williams Street
GENRE: Hip Hop
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 15 - AllMusic
# 23 - Beats Per Minute
# 9 - Cokemachineglow
# 6 - Consequence of Sound
# 3 - Exclaim!
# 18 - Gigwise
# 11 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 32 - No Ripcord
# 29 - Paste
# 8 - Pazz and 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
# 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
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Added on: April 8, 2012