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26 May, 2011@10:42 pm

Killer Mike has a bit of a rough go with his career over the last couple of years. He was initially introduced to the world via Outkast singles “Snappin’ & Trappin’” and “The Whole World”, leading to his solo career and a lukewarm hit single “A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Sex)”. After a short-lived stint on Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon imprint, he left the label after a high profile beef with the Outkast frontman. Rebuilding his career from the ground up, Mike stood on his own with the extremely buzzworthy I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind mix CD series, proving he didn’t need a co-sign to create good music. With the beef with Big Boi now settled, Killer Mike Bigga returns with Pl3dge, now under T.I.’s Grand Hustle Music imprint.

Killer Mike has carved out a niche for himself, well beyond the standard major label rapper blueprint, with an outspoken, controversial voice, at times channeling a 90′s Ice Cube. Case in point is that era’s throwback track, “Burn”, easily one of the best tracks on the album, reigniting the fires and feelings of the L.A. riots. Tracks like “American Dream”, “That’s Life 2″ and “God In The Building” take a more modern, tackling hot-button topics like religion and politics, sometimes taking unpopular stances, proving he’s grounded in his convictions.

“Ric Flair” finds Mike sampling the boasts of the legendary wrestler, comparing them to today’s rap swagger, with uncanny parallels. “So Glorious” is an autobiographical album opener, setting the stage right, while hypnotic club-knocker “Ready, Set, Go (Remix)” puts him on equal footing with current and former label bosses T.I. and Big Boi.

Some might frown at Mike’s unapologetic Southern anthems like “Go Out On The Town” (feat. Young Jeezy) and “Animal” (feat. Gucci Mane), which inspire couch-standing and bow-throwing, but let’s not forget this is the same man who helped propel Purple Ribbon Allstars “Kyptonite” into a certified Southern club classic. These few low-brow moments don’t spoil Pl3dge; they show versatility and make the stronger cuts shine brighter.

Creating some of the best tracks of his career on Pl3dge, this mixtape-album is almost a new beginning for Killer Mike. Considering this is only a pre-cursor to his Grand Hu$tle debut LP, R.A.P. (Rebellious African People) Music, the best may be yet to come.

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0 Responses to "Killer Mike – "Pl3dge" – @@@@ (Review)"
  • TomL says:

    That’s quite a rating right there… will have to check the album and see if its justified

  • VJ says:

    seems to be getting pretty good write ups everywhere. someone confirm

  • bakari7 says:

    I’m waiting on the tracks he did with EL-p

  • sevechild says:

    After just one spin through, I can confirm this is worth the 4@ rating. Take away the 3 filler “chick” songs (Players Lullaby, Everything and Swimming) and you’re left with one of the best albums of the year so far.

    Hard to believe Big Boi wasn’t able to properly promote this guy and they had such a falling out. It’s equally hard to believe Mike was able to overcome losing such a heavyweight co-sign and continute to make great music.

    The Ric Flair quotes alone are worth the price of admission. Woooo!

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