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Killer Mike - Big Beast (Ft. Bun B, Trouble & T.I.)

Mar 07, 2012

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Sounds like: Ice Cube, Outkast, EL-P
Why do we like this?
I've been rooting for Killer Mike since he was busting through walls in Outkast videos in the early 2000s. His ferocity and precision as an MC are really under-appreciated. I always felt he was maybe a decade or so away from mainstream success, but maybe that's not really a concern for Mike. He's carved out a good and seemingly sustainable niche for himself creating intelligent and uncompromising street music.

Last summer, Mike announced he was teaming up with underground king El-P for an album titled Rebellious Afrikan People's Music, or RAP Music for short. I was geeked. A snippet was leaked which was promising but both were relatively quiet about their project in this era of blatant and constant self-promotion.

Just last week however, "Big Beast" burst onto the 'net. The first full offering from the pair packs a helluva punch. Not only is Killer Mike rapping like he's about to rob you over production that is reminiscent of both NWA and Cannibal Ox, but he's enlisted Bun B and TI to ride along. Think about that for a second: the guy that founded Definitive Jux in the late 90s has the Jay-Z of the south on a song. That in itself is worth checking out.

Stay tuned to William Street Records (yes, Adult Swim's label is putting the album out) for more info as R.A.P. Music nears release.
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