There is an uneasy relationship between politics and the streets. As Obama showed, if you can get some organization in the streets you can galvanize enough energy to rock the polls. Killer Mike as an artist has always had one leg in each world, forming, at times, an uneasy alliance. It’s rare that an artist manages to properly balance that street shit with social commentary. Names like Ice Cube and Tupac come to mind. Public Enemy. Paris and newcomer to their ranks, Thurzday. This time, Killer Mike may have nailed it.
Mike has a lot of ferocity running through his veins, I mean hell, just listen to any of his solo work, it’s there to witness! But it’s amazing how the same vision and articulation can be slightly nuanced and enhanced by tweaking something as simple as the production. Enter Company Flow producer El-P, Mike and the Brooklyn native unexpectedly come together with their new joint album, R.A.P. Music. Is the tweaking done for the better or worse? Listen and find out below.
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