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This collaboration looked weird on paper at first, but with El-P’s production working so well on Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music last year, there was a lot of anticipation to hear them both rapping together. Now that they’re both rapping on the entire project, it’s like the perfect one-two punch that any hip-hop fan can appreciate. Killer Mike’s rapping is very direct; he rhymes well and he says exactly what he means with little wordplay. El-P’s rapping is more abstract, as his way with words will have you listening to his verses over and over again to figure out what he really means. These two styles work out perfectly to bring a good balance to the album, keeping all types of fans happy throughout.
With this album being a free release, it’s understandable that it’s really short, clocking in at just over half an hour. Every single second of that short length is used effectively though. This is probably the best-produced album of the year, as El-P makes this album flow smoothly from front to back, with lots of hype beats as well as some more mellow ones. Most of the album sounds like these guys just picked out some dope beats and had some fun writing in the studio, as we don’t get much of those deeper, thought-provoking messages Killer Mike had on R.A.P. Music. While much of it is fun, there’s still enough substance in these songs to keep the listeners drawn in though.
Overall, this was a really fun project to listen to and I hope it’s a preview of what’s to come in the future. It’s good to see Killer Mike & El-P potentially getting more success as a team than they have as solo artists. They pretty much dominated the summer with the hottest album and the coolest tour, and I’m excited to see if they can do it again with a longer album and bigger venues. There’s no excuse not to have one of the best rap albums of 2013, you can download it for free here.
My Grade (based on how well I connected with it, no disrespect if your experience was different): A
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