Over the past decade, rapper Killer Mike has transformed himself from the protege of Outkast’s Big Boi into one of the most politically inspired rappers in the modern Hip Hop scene. And with his politically-charged collaborative LP with El-P R.A.P. Music (Rebellious African Peoples Music) on the horizon, fans will have no dearth of the Atlanta native’s political insight. Now, Complex has enlisted the Grand Hustle rapper to weigh in on the hotly contested 2012 presidential elections.
Back in ’93, “Dre Day” was a scathing diss track aimed at N.W.A. alum Dr. Dre’s former partner in rhyme Eazy-E, Tim Dog, and 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke. But now, after 25-plus years at the forefront of Hip Hop, the song’s title has taken on a different role. The Toronto Standard breaks down how the west coast legend’s birthday of February 18 has transformed into a celebration for The Chronic producer’s lengthy career.
Finally, two of Hip Hop’s most anticipated up-and-coming artists, Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown, have been turning heads in the industry with their critically acclaimed projects Section.80 and XXX. Now, the Compton and Detroit emcees have earned their latest honors by securing dual covers on Fader’s upcoming 78th issue. Hit the link below to check out exclusive images from their cover stories, as well as interviews with both emcees.