A Killer Mike song without a message is like Aaron Rodgers without his right hand. The ATL emcee is now a solid 3/3 and is still batting 1.000 with his latest drop from the upcoming R.A.P. Music. As with the rest of the album, “Don’t Die” features El-P on the boards and tells a chilling tale of racism and violence at the hands of police. Without spoiling it too much, let’s just say that Mike’s storytelling ability is criminally underrated and underutilized, a strength he should take advantage of more often. In light of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman mess, the record is declaration is crystal clear and is sure to strike a chord in anybody familiar with the gruesome details.
Killer Mike’s music has always politically charged, but he’s taking it into the stratosphere with R.A.P. Music. The trio of leaks to this point resonate to me with similar magnitude and intent as Public Enemy in their heyday. One thing’s for sure. Mike will be pissing off a lot of people with this release, but that’s how you know he kept it honest and did it right. There won’t be any sugarcoating and watering down here.
May 15th is the magical date. Pre-order R.A.P. Music at Def Jux.
Killer Mike – “Don’t Die” (Prod. by El-P)
Bonus: We also have El-P’s single “The Full Retard” off his own album Cure for Cancer. Click here to listen.