Over the course of his 22-year career, Killer Mike has released five studio albums and five mixtapes as a solo artist, and three collaborative albums as one-half of Run The Jewels with El-P. He's also lent his rapping talents as a guest feature artist to more than 50 tracks.
Yeah, that's a lot of material. In fact, it's so much material, that even the most die-hard of Killer Mike fans would be hard-pressed to distill that massive catalog of work into a neat and tidy list of Mike's best songs.
Luckily, Mike was kind enough to do the dirty work for us.
On Wednesday, in response to a fan inquiry on Twitter, asking if "Reagan," off his last solo album, 2012's R.A.P. Music, is one of the best songs of his career, Mike not only agreed, but he also listed 10 additional songs.
In order, based on release date:
- "Scared Straight" (Monster, 2003)
- "A Dope Story" (The Killer Mixtape, 2006)
- "Deuces Wild" (I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, 2006)
- "That's Life" (I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, 2006)
- "Niggaz Down South" (Ghetto Extraordinary, 2008)
- "God In The Building" (I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind Volume II, 2008)
- "God In The Building 2" (PL3DGE, 2008)
- "Pressure (ft. Ice Cube)" (I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind Volume II, 2008)
- "Ric Flair" (PL3DGE, 2008)
- "So Glorious" (PL3DGE, 2008)
- "Reagan" (R.A.P. Music, 2012)
A Brief Booth Analysis:
- Only one song ("Reagan") from Mike's most acclaimed solo album, R.A.P. Music, appears on his list.
- Somewhat surprisingly, not one track from RTJ, RTJ 2 or RTJ 3 made the cut. (Although, in fairness, it's possible Mike restricted his answers to his solo material.)
- Only one of Mike's 11 selections ("Pressure") features a guest artist (Ice Cube), which should serve as a friendly reminder that, although Mike and El-P are dynamic as a duo, Mike's best work is truly on his own.
- Although it didn't crack his top picks, for my money, Mike's best song is the El-P-produced "Big Beast," which features T.I., Bun B and Trouble and can be found on R.A.P. Music.