Date: September 28
Grade: B+

Killa Kyleon is one of the survivors of the mid-00s H-Town media wave. His rap style is particularly dexterous, "lyrical," in the language of our time. The flip side of being one of the best rapper qua rappers in the genre right now is that his rap style has never sounded particularly musical. He doesn't tend to let his bars-on-bars mesh with the production; his shouted flow here would probably not change over a DJ Mustard beat, or a Clams Casino beat, or a collaborative effort with a jazz combo. That said, he's definitely one of the most underrated rappers on this list, rapping with a gripping energy and a sense of pure craft. — David Drake