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  • Summary: The sixth album for Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was produced by El-P and includes guest appearances from Bun B, T.I., Scar, Emily Panic, and Trouble.
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Reagan
Our government has a firm policy not to capitulate to terrorist demands. That no-concessions policy remains in force, despite the wildly speculative... See the rest of the song lyrics
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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. May 17, 2012
    80
    Killer Mike is the Jäger shot of rap: efficient, acrid and totally devastating.
  5. Q Magazine
    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]
  6. The Source
    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]
  7. 50
    It's a set of two halves whose hands won't hold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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 reganTHIS 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. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "I don't make dance music this is R.A.P, opposite all that sucker sh*t you hear on TV!!" Expand
  3. May 25, 2012
    10
    First off, I'd like to state that NME can SMD (50, really?!)... If you're not sure what that means, just think it through. This album isFirst off, I'd like to state that NME can SMD (50, really?!)... If you're not sure what that means, just think it through. This album is phenomenal! Definitely the best rap album of the year, so far. Thank the sweet lord above for teaming Mike and El-P up. It seems they were meant to be together. This is where future and past collide. Expand
  4. 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 feelsI'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. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    9
    R.A.P. music is an album that completely caught me off guard. I never anticipated it's release and randomly decided to listen to a few tracksR.A.P. music is an album that completely caught me off guard. I never anticipated it's release and randomly decided to listen to a few tracks after reading all of the excellent reviews. Believe the hype. This album is truly incredible. I won't go as far as to call it a classic just yet, but it's pretty close. By now I've purchased the album and listened to it several times. It's a perfect blend of lyrics and production. El-P's production is excellent on this album. From the opener "Big Beast" feat. Bun B and T.I. to the title track closer, El-P gives a lot of varied beats. Everything from southern, almost futuristic, bangers to old school NY boom-bap. One of my favorite tracks "Untitled" has bass that could rattle anyones trunk, while "Jojo's Chillin" sounds like a slightly more modern version of a beat that Slick Rick would use for Children's Story. What really makes this album is the lyrics though. Killer Mike is a beast on the mic, and I'll admit that I've unfairly overlooked him. On the very beginning of Untitled he comes in as strong as you possibly can. As soon as the beat hits, Mike goes off, rapping, "You are now witnessing elegance in the form of a black elephant/smoking white rhino on terraces/will I die slain like King by a terrorist/will my woman be Corretta, take my name and cherish it/or will she Jacki-O, drop the Kennedy, remarry it/my sister say it's necessary on some Cleopattra s***/my grandmomma say, nope, never that it's sacrilige", Family is a strong theme to Killer Mike's lyrics, and this album is great because of it. Another popular theme for him is politics. He single handedly dismantles Reagan's entire legacy on "Reagan" over another strong beat from El-P. He also briefly compares Reagan to other presidents such as Buch, Clinton, and wait for it.... Obama. It's pretty rare to hear a rapper not support a black president. I honestly don't think it's ever happened, but it just goes to show how smart and honest Mike is. I'll reiterate that Mike is a VERY smart dude, and he proves it throughout this album. "Anywhere But Here" is another great track. On this one Mike barely even raps, but he paints a perfect commentary on the state of New York City, as well as his hometown of Atlanta. It's another strong political statement, but it's still very grounded in reality. He's not just blindly ranting against authority, even if it sounds like it on a track like "Don't Die", where Mike does his best Ice Cube impression while he gives his own version of F*** the Police. There really isn't one track that I can complain about. They're all strong in some way, even if some tracks aren't as memorable as others. The Killer Mike El-P collaboration has to be the best collaboration since Madlib and MF Doom for Madvilliany, and that was 7 years ago. These two were meant to make music together. As Killer Mike says on the closing track, "This is what my people need, and the opposite of bulls***". That's exactly what this album is, real rap music, not that sucka s*** they play on TV. Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2012
    9
    Killer Mike's "go-hard" approach to his flow matches up perfectly with El-P's bass-filled beat production. Together they are a perfect matchKiller Mike's "go-hard" approach to his flow matches up perfectly with El-P's bass-filled beat production. Together they are a perfect match that have created an album that will be added to the great big photo album of important works in hip-hop. Expand
  7. Apr 14, 2013
    7
    If you are looking for Southern Hip-Hop it is not here. This album has a very generic show to it, however me being a hip-hop aficionado, thisIf you are looking for Southern Hip-Hop it is not here. This album has a very generic show to it, however me being a hip-hop aficionado, this can work for that hardcore head bobbing experience. Also lyrically it was pretty good too so overall decent album. Expand

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