It's weird to think about how Nas was saying hip-hop was dead not that long ago, and then pretty soon after there was an explosion of young, exciting rappers doing young, exciting things. It feels vital! Killa Kyleon might not be new, necessarily—he spent quite a bit of time kicking around with Slim Thug in the mid-’00s—but his approach is. On "Money Takers" he comes off as the wizened loner, rapping under bridges and on desolate streets—he sounds like an industry veteran but with a new dude's hunger. "Money Takers" comes from the overlooked Candy Paint and Texas Plates 2 mixtape.
November 09, 2011