Killer Mike is probably the most important dude in rap right now. I say that because he's not afraid to say what needs to be said, regardless of record sales. He's able to speak to both dominant sides of the black experience-- the intellectuals and the working class. He says what he means, and even when you don't agree with him, you know he's speaking his truth. When he talks about what needs to happen in our community, it's not rhetoric. He really is out here, speaking to kids, participating in rallies-- not only representing the struggle, but participating in it. And, probably most importantly he doesn't only talk about the issues that plague black America, or even why those issues exist. Dude regularly offers legitimate SOLUTIONS to the problems. Not saying that everything he says is the truth, or will work, but at least he's moving past rhetoric and discussion and into solution-oriented action.
Anyways, ya'll have probably seen this video by now, but I had to post it anyhow. His album, I Pledge Allegience to the Grind II is easily the best of the year. It's one of those projects where you get something different, or hear something new damn near every time you listen to it. He's an incredible writer with a common sense message that too many folks are afraid to deliver.