With emcee Killer Mike’s latest installment, Bang x3, the emcee laced nine-tracks with the familiar essence and Southern drawl that people typically associate with him and his music.
When listeners first got introduced to Mike, it was with his feature on the legendary OutKast’s “Snappin’ and Trappin” from their classic album, Stankonia, which was followed with his debut album Monster. Along the years, Mike has made a name for himself through songs exploring social commentary, as well as being one of the voices on Adult Swim. Mike just released his new album Pl3dge, via T.I’s Grand Hustle label, and this mixtape is realistically the songs that did not make the album.
Even though the songs are rather dated and songs that didn’t make the album, the body of the mixtape is a pretty good listen from start to finish. The project features fellow Atlanta emcees T.I, Big Boi, and Young Jeezy, as well as production from Don Cannon, Soundtrakk, Lil C, No ID and Raz/Beat Billionaire.
The Don Cannon produced, “My City,” featuring T.I starts the album high points right from the start. The recycled song is two years old, however it still is a pretty solid listen. In this song, Mike speaks about his city of Atlanta, the trap city, and etc while T.I is solely on the chorus/hook. Another song with T.I is also a highlight, however, the No ID Produced, “Ready Set Go,” features Big Boi. The production that No ID laid out, is pretty nice, however, the features and the production on this song kind of over shadow Killer Mike almost making him seem as if he is the feature on the song, not the main artist. The Raz/Beat Billionaire produced “Go Out The Town,” featuring Young Jeezy is an album highlight solely on the basis of it being a high energy and catchy song, with some memorable lines from both Mike and Jeezy. The memorable lines are only followed to the next song, “Blind Justice.”
Overall, this is a rather solid project and it’s available for free download.
- Erin Duncan