Ask most Hip-Hop fans who’s been running the rap game the past three years, and the answers would mostly be the same; Kendrick Lamar…Drake…maybe some J. Cole. Even with somewhat of an agreement, there’s no science to this. There’s no exact formula of determining who is on top. Is it record sales? Some would say that, and that would justify the belief that Kendrick, Drake, or Cole are on top of the game. Using that logic however would leave justification of our culture up to whoever is buying music…whoever.
The third collaborative album from ATL’s most insightful shit talker, Killer Mike, and Brooklyn’s otherwordly underground producer/rapper, El-P, is their strongest yet—and one of the year’s best releases.