2013 and 1/3: The Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

Killer Mike: RAP MusicKiller Mike: RAP Music (Williams Street, 5/15/12)

“Don’t Die”

Killer Mike: “Don’t Die”

On RAP Music, Atlanta rap veteran Killer Mike — a self-proclaimed “pan-Africanist gangster rapper, civic leader, and activist” — teams with acclaimed producer/rapper El-P for an album of “rebellious African people’s music.”

Though still hardcore, RAP Music is more reflective of Mike Render the sociopolitical lyricist. “Reagan” is one of the most fiery tracks, addressing the former president’s “war on drugs” and how it disproportionately targeted African Americans while actually making black neighborhoods more drug-infested.

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