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Killer Mike
I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II

Killer Mike is the epitome of independence. After his sophomore album, Ghetto Extraordinaire, got shelved, the self-proclaimed “outcast of OutKast” forced a release from Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon label. The ATLien went on to drop the widely regarded I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind on his own in 2006. Now, with his long-awaited follow-up, Mike proves ain’t a damn thing changed.

Leading with “10 G’s,” Killer lures listeners in with an epic ode to clocking dollars, over a percussive knock and chopped-and-screwed Biggie hook. Serving as an example of hood success, he boasts, “Did 10 shows last month and bought another home/Quarter-million dollars, dropped that shit like a microphone.” With the airy “Can You Hear Me,” Mike continues to offer inspiration for the downtrodden, over a spirited rework of Mike and the Mechanics’ 1985 single “Silent Running.” On the trunk-rattling “Pressure,” Killer teams with Ice Cube for a double-pronged attack on everyone from corrupt politicians to crooked cops. The Grind Time General saves the brunt of his anger for Sean Bell’s murderers, spewing, “I hope it’s five degrees hotter for yo’ ass in hell.”

Despite all of its political mindedness, Grind II offers balance on the female-friendly “Woke Up This Morning” and the Al Green–sampled “Super Clean,” featuring 8Ball & MJG. However, the album’s crowning jewel is “God Is in the Building,” where Killer emphatically rattles heaven’s gates, preaching, “You can never walk the water if you still fear the sea/If Jesus came back, mother, where you think he’d be?/Probably in these streets with me.”

Aside from the questionable placement of the dated mixtape cut “I’m the Shit,” the album is a near-flawless effort. With nary a blemish on his record, Killer Mike offers rap fans bangin’ beats and powerful raps. Equally heartfelt and aggressive, Grind II gives thugs the proper motivation for success against all odds. –Maurice G. Garland

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Dope boy

    “You can never walk the water if you still fear the sea/If Jesus came back, mother, where you think he’d be?/Probably in these streets with me.”

    PS:God Is in the Building

  • real talk

    correct me if im wrong please. But is he throwing up blood on this cover?

    • Grindtimerapgame

      think thats a G for Grind

    • SouthCakC23

      That’s a G for Grind Time Official/Grind Time Rap Gang

  • dusty boy

    “Real Talk” He thowin’ up SOUTHSIDE nigga!!!

    Southside lets ride!! Killa Mike is the shit can’t no one knock this nigga!!

    Awready

    • 619

      THAT’S NOT SOUTHSIDE STUPID ASS, AND IT’S NOT BLOOD EITHER. SOUTHSIDE GO UP WITH 2 HANDS. THE DIRTY SOUTH ALWAYS TOSSING SIGNS THEY DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT. HOW ABOUT I SHOW YOU WHAT A MIDDLE FINGER LOOK LIKE. STOP TRYING SO HARD TO FIGURE IT OUT AND LEAVE THAT SHIT UP TO REAL BANGERS IN CALI.

      5/9 BrimS BaSement BlocK SOUTHSIDE ALL DAY
      LincKoln pKark BLOOD

      • dusty boy

        Maan hol’ up!! Let me guess, you one of those lame ass fuck boyz who think only Cali. got banggaz. LOL!! Eat a dick pussy ass nigga!! Im a SOUTH Tex. Vet.!! Fuck ya ol’ talkin’ shit ass nigga!!!

        • 619

          We started this gangster shit, you mean to tell me this the thanks we get? Country bammer copycat mafucker. You cats just started doing shit that we were doing 30 years ago.

  • Manny78d

    I Have a family to support. I try not to spend money on things I dont need. We are in a recession, and I have LimeWire on my computer. I STILL BOUGHT THIS SHIT !!! REAL HIP HOP, AND A GOOD LOOK FOR ATL !!!

    DMV, WE GOIn HARD!!

  • dusty boy

    Say what it do Manny78d? I dig that shit baby!! Up Town DC Stand Up!!! What it do to my potnas out that 35oo!!!

    Awready

  • dj nice wit it

    still havent got the chance to jam this nigga. But ima grab it today. Since every one sayin it so hot. Im sure i wont be dissapointed.

  • stuckfresh

    Yall dont know nothing about this!! This shit should be gold by now! And my nigga Z-Ro!

  • SouthCakC23

    If you haven’t copped this album yet….you are missing out on one of the greatest albums ever produced. He’s got something for everyone on this album and if you don’t get motivated to “get up, get out, and get somethin” after listenin to this album…..you need to go check yourself into the crazy house; cuz you head ain’t screwed on straight.

  • I am Not Sean Bell…Cuz Um Alive!

    Best All around Hip Hop Album This YEAR!!!!!!

  • The_Truth

    ***CO-SIGN I am Not Sean Bell…Cuz Um Alive!**

    The best CD dropped this year. . .I gave that title to Nas, but I downloaded this and actually bought it afterward. This dude is too real not to support, even the artwork is dope inside the CD.

    BANG! BANG! BANG!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com damion

    Yeah, this is the best album of the year. Killer Killer all day. Grind time – Bang!

    Can you buy that?

  • smoove1013

    what does it take to get a XXL cuz this shit is bangin front to back

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    Hah I’m honestly the only reply to your great article?!?

  • http://expensivenessjeanette.blogspot.com Alvin Shirley

    Hehe I’m actually the only reply to your amazing article!