Posts Tagged ‘R.A.P. Music’


When Killer Mike enlisted El-P to take over the production on his 2012 album, R.A.P. Music, hip hop was not fully prepared for what that collaboration would come to beget.  Soon, the duo birthed Run the Jewels and really fucked folks’ heads up.  Their self-titled debut was an immediate favorite amongst critics and fans of the rappers.  So, it’s no surprise that their follow-up was highly anticipated.  Behold, Run the Jewels 2.  Originally set to drop on October 27, the early leak had the Internet going wild.  And rightfully so.  This project is quintessential hip hop: raw lyrics, experimental production, and varying concepts.  What I dig most about this album is the range of the topics and unexpected but appropriate collaborations.  Folks like Gangsta Boo, Travis Barker, and Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha all show up and show out.  Audio Gumbo’s favorite tracks: Blockbuster Night Part 1, Angel Duster and Love Again (Akinyele Back).



I leave you with four words/I’m glad Reagan’s dead

Audio Gumbo favorite Killer Mike has done it again.  On the cusp of the presidential debate night, the visuals for R.A.P Music’s most politically charged and conspiratorial track “Reagan” were released.  In the same vein as the song, the video is sharp with scathing commentary and dark symbolism.  Personally, I think “Reagan” is one of Mike’s best.  He’s incredibly insightful with a dead-on delivery.  I’ll tell you again, if you don’t have R.A.P. Music, what the fuck are you waiting for??

I know what y’all are thinking: “Damn, girl!  Another Killer Mike post??  You on the payroll or somethin??”  It’s not my fault.  Really.  If the man wasn’t dropping such prolific gems all over the place, his presence would be much more scarce around these parts.  But he done done it again.  From R.A.P. Music, one of the best albums of 2012, Killer Mike goes straight art history major in his new video “Untitled,” directed by Benjamin Dickinson.  It’s only fitting, considering the rich, historical subjects mentioned throughout the track.  Visually impressive, the images possess a haunting quality while commanding respect and acknowledgement.  Check it out below.


If I had to use one word to describe Killer Mike, it would be consistent.  Consistently himself, consistently honest, consistently trill.  This latest interview with Montreality will attest to that description.  Mike Bigga speaks expressively about everything from James Baldwin’s influence to summer jobs he held has a teen to his favorite superhero to the legacy he’d like to leave.  So get to know Killa Kill a little better.  He’s cool as hell.

Shawty.  This shit is soooo nasty.  One of those tracks that belongs in your ride.  For real.  Your computer speakers won’t even truly do this track justice.

Everything about this joint knocks so hard.  As usual, Killer Mike does not disappoint.  He combines his monstrous, hard-hitting lyricism with El-P’s extraterrestrial bass to create just a piece of the eagerly awaited collaboration R.A.P. (Rebellious African People) Music (yes, the title is dope as fuck).  Mike enlisted kings of the South, Bun B and T.I., which gives this track crazy credibility.  Oh, and don’t sleep on that artwork, either–from fellow ATLien Fahamou.

R.A.P. (Rebellious African People) Music drops on May 15.  Pow muhfucka!

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