Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2012 Ratings: #12 / 1093
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 503 ratings
2012 Ratings: #25
Liked by 13 people
May 15, 2012 / Release Date
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Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

R.A.P. Music has redefined what exactly we should expect hip-hop to be and defies regional categorizations. Not only is it essential listening for hip-hop in 2012, but also one of the few records that pushes musical and cultural boundaries in general.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Killer Mike's masterful R.A.P. Music is about questioning the genre's boundaries, pouring this unlabeled chemical into that one, and watching shit explode.

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.

90
Spin

R.A.P. Music, the sixth album by from Atlanta firebrand Killer Mike, is a stunning anachronism.

90
HipHopDX

With El-P as its catalyst, R.A.P. Music puts Mike on display has he doles out unheard levels of indignation, fury, and passion.

90
Prefix

R.A.P. Music is ambitious and incisive and frustrated and angry and serious. But it’s also charged with a vital energy, with the life of music that is — beyond all these heavy ideas — exciting to listen to.

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.

88
Paste

R.A.P. Music is a synthesis of the confusion and rancid despair pervading every vacated storefront and foreclosed home in every corner of today’s economically bleeding America.

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.

85
AllHipHop
It’s the kind of rebellious rap that was once so prominent in the genre, marginalized over the years by noughties economic prosperity and Hip-Hop’s increased commercialism.
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.

80
AllMusic

While R.A.P. Music is filled with all the heartbreak, pain, anger, and earnestness praised above, it's also an incredibly fly and fun record, filled with that prime MC/producer chemistry while striking that perfect balance of persuasive and powerful. Revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff, R.A.P. Music is outstanding.

80
XXL
Killer Mike's ability to rap with a purpose while remaining tactful and balanced within his content is an engaging quality of his music, and the pairing with El-P serves his sound well.
80
The Needle Drop
On this album-length collaboration, MC Killer Mike and producer El-P manage to complement one another perfectly any major changes in their respective approaches to hip hop.
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. 

Jabba201
88

a bomb-blast of a protest rap album.

Ymer
85

I'm so fucking glad RTJ happened.

Rollo_P
89

The spark that would eventually ignite the fire, R.A.P. Music saw El-P take on a DJ Premier role (with the exception of one feature on Butane) to Killer Mike's Guru, crafting a rapper-producer work that has stood up to the test of time and really stands out compared to their RTJ material. I like El-P as an MC, but I *LOVE* Killer Mike as an MC, so it makes sense that this album can very easily compete with some of RTJ's best despite it being their first, uncertain time working together. Big ... read more

82

Killer Mike and El-P before Run the Jewels (except El-P is primarily producing). That's all I have to say.

85

Simply amazing. Thanks killer mike

Rollo_P
89

The spark that would eventually ignite the fire, R.A.P. Music saw El-P take on a DJ Premier role (with the exception of one feature on Butane) to Killer Mike's Guru, crafting a rapper-producer work that has stood up to the test of time and really stands out compared to their RTJ material. I like El-P as an MC, but I *LOVE* Killer Mike as an MC, so it makes sense that this album can very easily compete with some of RTJ's best despite it being their first, uncertain time working together. Big ... read more

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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