R.A.P. Music
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Ratings: #11 / 928
Year End Rank: #13
User Score
Based on 191 ratings
2012 Ratings: #16
Your Review


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

A.V. Club

It certainly feels like the culmination of his unusual career. 

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.

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.


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

Feb 19, 2016
Hardcore G-shit
Dec 12, 2017
Just plain bad
May 6, 2017
= 87.8 =

Killer Mike has been rapping for over ten years, but this is his breakout album. Prior to the album, it seemed unlikely that he and New York producer El-P would make a good pairing, but they proved the world wrong. It's no wonder that they formed Run The Jewels.

The best part of this album is Mike's aggression. Even though "Big Beast" is one of my least favorite cuts from the album, the fourth verse is a perfect example of Mike's full fury, and it sounds absolutely ... read more
Apr 24, 2017
Killer Mike is the Truth
Dec 4, 2016
Such a compelling album. Passionate, aggressive, and the birth of one of the best contemporary rap duos. Killer Mike raps about racial and social issues in a way that I really haven't heard anyone else, and the result is just a magnificent album. Tracks like Big Beast have great features, and "Go!" is just Mike steamrolling over the bitchass niggas for 4 minutes. Willie Burke Sherwood probably best encapsulates this album's tone. Butane is the true first RtJ song. Oh, and JoJo's ... read more
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, philthy

Added on: April 8, 2012