It’s easy to categorize today’s contemporary hip-hop as everything it is and is not. Heavy with sentiments of scantily-clad girls performing provocatively to a man’s delight and guns blistering the steamy night air of a hot city saturating the first thoughts and impressions of both ignorant rap snobs and clueless hip-hop lovers, it sometimes takes a rare mind—let’s say an extraordinarily enlightened one snuggled gently in a 250-pound man with a teddy bear body and a preacher’s voice—that refreshes all the misconceptions and ill-conceived ideas of hip-hop. And though the name may deceive you, Killer Mike intends to innocently inform you the only way he knows how: R.A.P. Music.
Read the rest of this feature in the May 2012 Issue, coming out on April 29th!
Hip-hop, Killer Mike, Music Review, Patrick McNulty, Rap, Rapper