R.A.P. Music

R.A.P. Music is the fifth studio album by American rapper Killer Mike.[1] It was released through Williams Street Records on May 15, 2012. The "R.A.P." in the album's title is a backronym for "Rebellious African People".[2] Production was handled by rapper and producer Jamie "El-P" Meline; the album was the first collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P, who would later form the critically acclaimed duo Run the Jewels.

R.A.P. Music
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 2012
Recorded2011–2012
GenreSouthern hip hop
Length45:55
LabelWilliams Street
Producer
Killer Mike chronology
PL3DGE
(2011)
R.A.P. Music
(2012)
Singles from Rap Music
  1. "Big Beast"
    Released: February 13, 2012
  2. "Untitled"
    Released: March 16, 2012
  3. "Don't Die"
    Released: April 2, 2012
  4. "Reagan"
    Released: November 6, 2012

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.1/10[3]
Metacritic85/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
Chicago Tribune    [7]
The Irish Times     [8]
NME5/10[9]
Pitchfork8.6/10[10]
Q     [11]
Rolling Stone     [12]
Spin9/10[13]
XXL4/5[14]

R.A.P. Music received widespread acclaim from music critics.[4] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an weighted mean average score of 85, based on 27 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[4] Among those who reviewed the album positively was AllMusic editor David Jeffries, who stated "rapper Killer Mike already had an incredibly strong discography before R.A.P. Music landed [...] Revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff, R.A.P. Music is outstanding."[5] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club praised the album's production and Mike's politically charged lyrics and wrote "[R.A.P. Music] feels like the culmination of his unusual career."[6] Pitchfork's Ian Cohen designated it "Best New Music" and noted that "even if R.A.P. Music doesn't break enough rules or have enough of a platform to reach the levels of Fear of a Black Planet or Straight Outta Compton or Death Certificate . . . it does come off as the kind of powerful mid-career album those acts should've been able to make as hip-hop's elder spokesmen".[10] Christopher Weingarten of Spin wrote: "A child of the '80s and a student of the Internet, Killer Mike is as exciting and wildly unclassifiable as hip-hop gets: New York noise and country shit, nods to when rap was punk and crunk was pop, Ice Cube before he needed hooks, David Banner before he needed to whisper, and Willie D before he needed anybody."[13] Sputnikmusic staff Sobhi Youssef praised El-P's synth-bass-heavy production and Mike's lyricism, and praised the album as "a hip-hop masterpiece to be remembered for years to come".[15]

In a less positive review, NME writer Henry Barnes stated that "Mike has dabbled with politics in the past, and even made unlikely forays into experimental soul, but R.A.P. Music lacks the fury and vitality that usually sustains him. The ambition is to be applauded, but half the album's a grind. And not the good kind."[9]

AccoladesEdit

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
AllMusic Best of 2012 15 [16]
Beats per Minute The Top 50 Albums of 2012 23 [17]
BrooklynVegan 141 Best Albums of the 2010s 101 [18]
Chicago Tribune (Greg Kot) Top 10 Albums of 2012 4 [19]
Cokemachineglow Top 50 Albums 2012 9 [20]
Complex The 50 Best Albums of 2012 32 [21]
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2012 6 [22]
Crack Magazine The Top 100 Albums of 2012 66 [23]
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2012 18 [24]
Entertainment Weekly 10 Best Albums of 2012 6 [25]
Exclaim! Best Albums of 2012: Top 50 Albums of the Year 3 [26]
Gigwise Albums of the Year 18 [27]
Gorilla vs. Bear Albums of 2012 11 [28]
The Guardian Best Albums of 2012 39 [29]
No Ripcord Top 50 Albums Of 2012 32 [30]
NPR Music 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012 Unranked [31]
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2012 29 [32]
Pitchfork The Top 50 Albums of 2012 13 [33]
The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010–14) 70 [34]
PopMatters The 75 Best Albums of 2012 6 [35]
The Best Hip-Hop of 2012 1 [36]
Pretty Much Amazing Best Albums of 2012 16 [37]
The Quietus Albums of the Year 2012 35 [38]
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2012 20 [39]
Spinner The 50 Best Albums of 2012 18 [40]
Spin 50 Best Albums of 2012 8 [41]
Stereogum Top 50 Albums of 2012 23 [42]
Time Top 10 Everything of 2012: Albums 10 [43]
Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 43 [44]
Treble Top 50 Albums of 2012 9 [45]
The Village Voice Pazz & Jop 8 [46]
Vulture Top Ten Albums of 2012 7 [47]
The Wire 2012 Rewind: Releases of the Year 27 [48]

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by El-P.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Big Beast" (featuring Bun B, T.I. and Trouble)3:54
2."Untitled" (featuring Scar)
  • Render
  • Meline
  • Campbell
  • Terrance "Scar" Smith
3:54
3."Go!"
  • Render
  • Meline
1:54
4."Southern Fried"
  • Render
  • Meline
4:37
5."JoJo's Chillin"
  • Render
  • Meline
2:57
6."Reagan"
  • Render
  • Meline
4:10
7."Don't Die"
  • Render
  • Meline
4:08
8."Ghetto Gospel"
  • Render
  • Meline
4:40
9."Butane (Champion's Anthem)" (featuring El-P)
  • Render
  • Meline
3:18
10."Anywhere But Here" (featuring Emily Panic)
  • Render
  • Meline
3:31
11."Willie Burke Sherwood"
  • Render
  • Meline
  • Wilder Zoby
4:23
12."R.A.P. Music"
  • Render
  • Meline
  • Zoby
4:26

PersonnelEdit

Credits for R.A.P. Music adapted from Allmusic.[49]

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