I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE GRIND: 72%
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE GRIND II: 63%
R.A.P. MUSIC: 92%
RUN THE JEWELS: 91%
RUN THE JEWELS 2: 91%
RUN THE JEWELS 3: 95%
RUN THE JEWELS 4: 91%
I think Killer Mike’s ability as a rapper has been evident since the beginning of his career, but he unfortunately didn’t really find his footing until he hooked up with El-P. A couple of the Pledge albums were good, and I don’t think any of his albums are wack, but everything he did before working with El-P was pretty inconsistent. I think El-P helped him figure out how to make more focused projects and cut off the unnecessary fat of each record. Well, that’s what I hope at least. It’s hard to say since he hasn’t done anything without El-P since they initially started working together. I guess it’d be interesting to see him do a solo album on his own without El-P’s help now, but I’m not even really sure if I want that. I think I’d be too worried about him reverting back to pre-R.A.P. Music quality. Again, he’s always been a great rapper. His music just wasn’t as polished or sharp as it was on that album. For now, I’m fine with him just sticking to Run the Jewels. I don’t know if they’ll be able to surpass Run the Jewels 3, but either way I’m looking forward to the fourth installment. His music hasn’t always lived up to its full potential, but, as I’ve said twice already now—I know this is getting very redundant—he’s always had the talent.