Easily our favourite rap record of 2012 next to Death Grips’ major label debut. To paraphrase a friend; R.A.P. Music makes us wish El-P would bring back Def Jux with a line-up of Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Das Racist, and Mr. Muthaf*ckin’ eXquire. We don’t know why it took so long for El-P’s brand of syncopatic industrial hip hop beats to finally find a soul mate in the 808s of southern hip hop but goddamn, it works wonders.
This is the modern day equivalent of AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted-era Ice Cube; politically heavy and didactic rap music backed by loud chaotic production. Like the last track’s claim of apotheosis, this record really got us feeling the religion in rap — call us born again b-boys.
LISTEN TO: ‘Untitled’ ‘R.A.P. Music’ ‘Butane’
IF YOU LIKE THIS YOU’LL DIG: El-P, Ice Cube, Big Boi