R.A.P. Music - Killer Mike
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. May 18, 2012
    100
    With R.A.P. Music he's added a must-hear chapter to the hip-hop bible.
  2. May 15, 2012
    100
    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.
  3. May 23, 2012
    91
    Mike and El-P may not have made a lot of sense on paper, but it's clear they have great chemistry and they have pushed each other to make some of the year's best music.
  4. May 24, 2012
    90
    R.A.P. Music, a few slightly faulty hooks aside, is a definitive statement from Mike and a legacy changer for El-P.
  5. May 22, 2012
    90
    It's easily one of the best albums of the year so far, and has the sound and feel of a classic.
  6. May 21, 2012
    90
    There's no doubt--R.A.P. Music is the best Southern Rap album since Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
  7. May 17, 2012
    90
    It's his finest work yet, which is saying something, and the kind of record that will resonate for years not just because it's reveres history, but because it understands it and isn't afraid to demand answers from it.
  8. May 15, 2012
    90
    R.A.P. Music, the sixth album by from Atlanta firebrand Killer Mike, is a stunning anachronism.
  9. 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.
  10. Jun 5, 2012
    88
    Even putting aside his berserk, imagination-defying technical skill--he stays deep enough in the pocket to get lost there--there's not a wasted breath on R.A.P. Music.
  11. Jun 8, 2012
    86
    With El-P's help, Killer Mike has produced his first unquestionably great Album.
  12. May 15, 2012
    86
    While this record is sure to please longtime fans, it also works as a compelling introduction.
  13. May 15, 2012
    83
    [R.A.P. Music] feels like the culmination of his unusual career.
  14. Aug 2, 2012
    80
    An inspired hook-up that brings out the best in both contributors [Killer Mike and El-P].[Aug 2012, p.109]
  15. May 29, 2012
    80
    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.
  16. May 23, 2012
    80
    R.A.P. Music sounds like exactly no other album to come out this year.
  17. May 17, 2012
    80
    Killer Mike is the J├Ąger shot of rap: efficient, acrid and totally devastating.
  18. May 15, 2012
    80
    Revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff, R.A.P. Music is outstanding.
  19. May 15, 2012
    80
    The compilation is short--12 tracks--but if fans are looking for relentless lyrics in their R.A.P. Music, this ATL MC remains a Killer on the mic.
  20. Aug 22, 2012
    70
    El-P's production hand never disappoints and is possibly one of the project's strongest selling points. [#252, p.91]
  21. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    RAP Music is a self conscious throwback sonically, lyrically and even visually.
  22. Jul 16, 2012
    70
    R.A.P. Music is an album that takes the energy of hip hop's rebellious instincts as its heart and reminds us of their importance.
  23. 70
    It's an ear-catching work, more immediate than anything Killer Mike has done since his brief commercial moment of glory in 2003.
  24. May 23, 2012
    70
    Some of his punditry is pure Che T-shirt prattle, but even when he's arguing that there's no difference between Reagan and Obama, his Ice Cube-style bark tumbles down over harried, aggro beats from indie-eminence El-P and hits like a gut punch of revealed wisdom.
  25. May 21, 2012
    70
    This music declares war: face-punching, heart-stomping, no-holds-barred conflict for your ears and mind. It's an all-out assault on pop culture and its worldly accessories.
  26. Jul 9, 2012
    50
    There is plenty of good poetry waiting below the poverty line; R.A.P. Music ain't it. [Jun 2012, p.161]
  27. 50
    It's a set of two halves whose hands won't hold.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 27, 2012
    10
    THIS DESTROYS MAINSTREAM HIP HOP !!!!!!!!!!!! An amazing album! full of raw energy and politically charged lyrics. My fav track is def regan it's def the best song of 2012 so far. Actually this and el-p''s cancer for cure are the two best albums out right now,as far as I know. Buy it because if you don't you're missing out on great new music, and that's somethong you never want to do, because this is your time and era and you have to live in it. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    10
    Definately my favorite album of the year along with Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid m.A.A.d city'. 'Reagan' is without a doubt the best track on the album and possibly the best song of the year. Far superior to mainstream hip hop. Full Review »
  3. May 18, 2012
    10
    I've heard of Killer Mike before this album, but had never listened to him knowingly...from that POV this album is remarkable. It feels nostalgic and fresh at the same time. Heavy beats, sharp lyrics with gigantic flow, and an admirable conscience make this album the must hear of year for me so far in 2012. Full Review »