After announcing R.A.P. Music in 2010, fans finally got a a release date, tracklist, and album cover for the Killer Mike and El-P’s project.

In a recent interview with, the Atlanta emcee provided further insight on the LP, and why he decided to record with the Brooklyn producer.

In explaining why he chose to have El-Producto lace the project entirely on his own, Mike Bigga cited some of the most successful emcee-producer combos of the past.

“If you look at Ice Cube with The Bomb Squad, if you look at Cypress Hill and Muggs and Gang Starr and Premier, I wanted that one producer experience,” revealed Mike. “When me and El-P got in, he came to Atlanta for like a week. We did four or five joints. And by the time he left, I was convinced that not only did I want to do the record in full, but I wanted to do the record only with him.”

Mike continued, elaborating on the recording process with El-P. “Our chemistry just clicked so instantly I was like, Yo, we got to do it. So, last summer, I went up to Brooklyn. I stayed on the Lower East Side for four or five weeks and we knocked out a whole album. That’s the way it used to get made. That’s the way I feel like albums should and could get made.”

The first song off of R.A.P. Music, “Big Beast ” featuring Killer Mike, Bun B, T.I. & Trouble, leaked last week.

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