Killer Mike’s rapid-fire rhymes and booming voice drive the XXX-rated material on his first release Monster, after providing memorable verses on Outkast’s “Whole World,” and “Land of a Million Drums.”
Calling himself the “New school Ice Cube,” Mike delivers a debut that is raunchy and raucous, much like Cube’s first release AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.
Killer Mike’s voice escalates to a high-pitched scream while he rips into the quick tempo of his lyrics.
The precise rhythm of his flow hits perfectly with the keyboard stabs and big-bass thumps of tracks like “Akshon (Yeah!)” and “Blow.”
Yet, he can lower the volume and still sound gritty on the mellower “All 4 U (Niecy’s Song)” and “A.D.I.D.A.S.”
While much of the disc’s material is about pill-poppin’ and ho-hoppin’, Mike truly shines when he speaks on the industry in the hard-charging “Rap is Dead:” “Now wait a second/Don’t like what I’m sayin’/Make a record/And I’ll be glad when/My music gets mad again.”
Killer Mike represents what looks to be a higher level of lyricism in the South.
His monstrous release emanates the freewheeling and hardcore nature of Cube’s classic, but also maintains its own individual sound.