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Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music
Buy! - (Williams Street)
While this Atlanta rapper (and longtime Outkast associate) has released a string of stellar albums blending gritty street smarts and class-conscious politics, his sixth album sounds like his strongest to date. Produced by Brooklyn's El-P, the album's booming, aggressive sound hearkens back to the classic '80s hip hop productions of Rick Rubin and Public Enemy's Bomb Squad, with crunchy, buzzing synths, monster bass and banging beats accompanying Killer Mike's ferocious, acrobatic flow and clear-eyed rhymes. 5/17/2012 - Don Yates