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El-P and Killer Mike “Run The Jewels” – Mixtape Review

Fool's Gold (2013)

El-P and Killer Mike were bound to cross paths at some point. The former Company Flow frontman has carved a niche as a beloved independent producer and emcee, while the latter has become a counter-culture hero who has become a respected political voice (not to mention a critically acclaimed emcee). With Run the Jewels, released as a free mixtape by Fool’s Gold Records, El-P and Killer Mike serve up a […]


The Black Album (or, Goodbye For Now)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Regretfully, we are saying “goodbye for now” to Shane Danaher, who has been our correspondent in the hip-hop category almost since MIMO began. We’re grateful for his contributions to this site, and we wish him well in his new adventure.–Jeff McQ *** Though I’d like to say that I’m moving to Thailand for reasons far sexier (say, to escape a life of counterfeit microwave sales), I’m in fact […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 8.23.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape August 23, 2012.   DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & Rick Ross, “I Wish You Could / Cold” Oh Hype Williams, where would we be without you? If not for Hype, modern pop music would never have known the visage of Will Smith decked out in full Pharaoh garb, or the artistic possibilities inherent in combining shaky cameras with dimly lit sewer tunnels. This mega-cut […]


The Essential Hip-Hop Albums of the Year So Far

We’re a little more than halfway through 2012, and while the apocalypse still has plenty of opportunities to wipe us from the face of existence, let us not go quietly into that dark night without first checking out these albums, which have already made for a solid year in terms of its hip-hop offerings. This should go without saying, but if you haven’t listened to these already, then you have […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 6.8.12)

Looking for some of the week’s best hip-hop tracks? Look no further—we have it all here, in this week’s edition of Weekly Mixtape.   Big K.R.I.T., “Live From the Underground” This track serves as both sonic and thematic introduction to Big K.R.I.T.’s studio debut of the same name. Atop a slinking, low-riding beat, Krizzle lays out his commitment to the Dirty South’s underground hip-hop scene, and the cash he intends […]


Killer Mike, “R.A.P. Music”

William Street Records (2012)

To pigeonhole Killer Mike as a political rapper is to give the Atlanta MC too little credit. Or, conversely, you could say that that assignation gives political rappers way too much credit. Credulous political convictions and access to a PA system have resulted in multitudinous sonic embarrassments and it’s not hard to see why: Hip-hop’s essential theme is survival, while democracy’s is fairness. Killer Mike gets away with airing his […]