Killer Mike has amassed a criminally underrated catalogue over the past several years. One of the most impressive things to watch in his creative evolution is how easily he can navigate through and combine issues of philosophy, religion, black nationalism and militant protest. When you listen to “Don’t Die,” a track that’s simultaneously a political manifesto and crime thriller, you’ll feel like you’ve been sucked into a modern-day version of Ice Cube’s classic “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.” El- P’s production is excellent as the beat changes coincide with pivotal points in Mike’s narrative and heighten the tension of hearing a realistic tale of crooked cops setting up an innocent man.
Killer Mike and El-P’s R.A.P. Music drops on May 15.