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Killer Mike

About

Michael Santiago Render (born April 20, 1975), better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, actor, and activist. Mike made his debut on Outkast's 2000 LP Stankonia, and later appeared on their Grammy-winning single "The Whole World" from their greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present... Outkast (2001). He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through SMC and Fontana Distribution.

In December 2008, Mike signed to fellow Atlanta-based rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. In 2012, he released R.A.P. Music, produced entirely by rapper and producer El-P. Killer Mike and El-P subsequently formed the duo Run the Jewels in 2013; they were signed to Fool's Gold Records and released their self-titled debut in June of that year.

Mike is also known as a social and political activist, focusing on subjects including social inequality, police brutality, and systemic racism. In addition to addressing themes of racism and police brutality in his music, he has also delivered several lectures at colleges and universities, written about social justice topics for publications such as Billboard, and been the subject of interviews regarding police misconduct and race relations. He was a visible and vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders' 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, refusing to support Hillary Clinton after Sanders left the race, and again supporting Sanders in his 2020 presidential campaign.

Mike has appeared in films such as Idlewild, Baby Driver, and ATL. The documentary series Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, in which he explores issues in the U.S. that affect the black community, premiered on Netflix in January 2019.

Articles

August 4, 2022

Killer Mike and 2 Chainz call for preservation of Black-owned Atlanta businesses

Their comments are in light of a nuisance ordinance recently introduced in the city The post Killer Mike and 2 Chainz call for preservation of Black-owned Atlanta businesses appeared first on NME.

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August 2, 2022

2 Chainz, Killer Mike Argue for Preservation of Black Businesses in Atlanta Following ‘Nuisance’ Ordinance

The pair of rappers, as well as the father of Young Thug, were among those who spoke out against the ordinance during a city council meeting on Monday

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August 2, 2022

Video Shows 2 Chainz and Killer Mike Opposing Proposed ‘Nuisance’ Ordinance at Atlanta City Council Meeting

Killer Mike, joined by 2 Chainz, urged the Atlanta City Council to reject a proposed ordinance they explain will impact businesses run by people of color.

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July 4, 2022

The Story Behind Killer Mike’s New Song “Run” With Young Thug and Dave Chappelle

Killer Mike spoke with Complex about his new song "Run," the importance of knowing and understanding Black history, the reclamation of Independence Day, more.

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July 4, 2022

Killer Mike Drops New Song ‘Run,’ First Solo Music in Over a Decade

Run the Jewels rapper's first single since 2012 features Young Thug and, for its video, a monologue by Dave Chappelle

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July 4, 2022

Killer Mike shares new song ‘RUN’, featuring Dave Chappelle and Young Thug

The RTJ rapper's first single as a solo artist in a decade arrives alongside a video that proclaims "Free Thug, Protect Black Art, Free Gunna" The post Killer Mike shares new song ‘RUN’, featuring Dave Chappelle and Young Thug appeared first on NME.

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July 4, 2022

Killer Mike Enlists Young Thug and Dave Chappelle for New Song “Run”: Watch the Video

“Free Thug” is emblazoned on a flag in the track’s video. It’s Mike’s first song as solo artist since 2012’s R.A.P. Music.

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June 8, 2022

Watch Killer Mike interview Jack White: “I only let out a truncated version of things I’m interested in”

The pair talked about White's new album 'Fear Of The Dawn' and the upcoming 'Entering Heaven Alive' The post Watch Killer Mike interview Jack White: “I only let out a truncated version of things I’m interested in” appeared first on NME.

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June 2, 2022

Jhené Aiko, Questlove, Killer Mike and more to perform at Juneteenth concert

Mickey Guyton, Earth Wind & Fire and The Roots will also take the stage on June 19 The post Jhené Aiko, Questlove, Killer Mike and more to perform at Juneteenth concert appeared first on NME.

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June 2, 2022

Juneteenth Concert With the Roots, Jhené Aiko, More to Broadcast Live

CNN will air the Hollywood Bowl show featuring Killer Mike, Robert Glasper, Mickey Guyton, Billy Porter, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more artists

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June 2, 2022

What So Not announces sophomore album with new single, ‘Mr. Regular’

What So Not announces his sophomore album with a new single, 'Mr. Regular,' featuring Oliver Tree and Killer Mike. The post What So Not announces sophomore album with new single, ‘Mr. Regular’ appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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April 28, 2022

Killer Mike Makes a Cameo on ‘Ozark’ Season 4: Watch the Teaser

With the release of Ozark season four part two just a day away, Netflix unveiled a celebrity cameo for the upcoming episodes: Killer Mike.

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April 28, 2022

Watch Killer Mike Cameo in Ozark Season 4

Mike and Julia Garner’s Ruth Langmore discuss Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind” in the clip from the Netflix series’ final season

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April 28, 2022

Watch Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike make cameo in new ‘Ozark’ season four clip

Potential spoilers lie ahead The post Watch Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike make cameo in new ‘Ozark’ season four clip appeared first on NME.

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April 25, 2022

Killer Mike on new marijuana docu-series: “I think it should be legal from day one for adult usage”

" I am pro-you make your own decisions about what you’re putting in your body from day one" The post Killer Mike on new marijuana docu-series: “I think it should be legal from day one for adult usage” appeared first on NME.

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April 20, 2022

Killer Mike says Run The Jewels have started work on their new album

The follow-up to June 2020's 'RTJ4' is on the way The post Killer Mike says Run The Jewels have started work on their new album appeared first on NME.

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March 16, 2022

Killer Mike sells his entire song catalogue as part of new publishing deal

According to reports, Reservoir Media also owns a considerable stake in Run The Jewels' discography The post Killer Mike sells his entire song catalogue as part of new publishing deal appeared first on NME.

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March 16, 2022

Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike Sells Entire Song Catalog to Reservoir

The publisher now owns a considerable stake in the Run the Jewels catalog and will work Mike's future songs as well.

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February 28, 2022

Robert Glasper Gets Deep Into “This R&B Shit” As He Strives for Community and Renewal on ‘Black Radio III’

H.E.R., Ty Dolla $ign and Killer Mike are among the guests on the multi-faceted artist's latest project

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January 18, 2022

Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe Backing Law Limiting Rap Lyrics at Criminal Trials

The rap superstars, along with Fat Joe, Yo Gotti, Kelly Rowland, Killer Mike, Robin Thicke, and others, urge New York lawmakers to pass the proposed bill "Rap Music on Trial"

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January 13, 2022

Robert Glasper previews new album with ‘Black Superhero’ featuring Killer Mike

The 'Black Radio III' track also features BJ The Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T. The post Robert Glasper previews new album with ‘Black Superhero’ featuring Killer Mike appeared first on NME.

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January 13, 2022

Robert Glasper Readies New Album Black Radio III, Enlists Killer Mike for New Song: Listen

“Black Superhero” also features Big K.R.I.T. and BJ the Chicago Kid, while Q-Tip, Jennifer Hudson, and Ty Dolla Sign appear on the album

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December 28, 2021

Killer Mike’s Atlanta barbershop vandalised by “mentally disturbed” man

“I encourage all to check on your mentally ill loved ones because the world my not be as understanding as me,” the rapper said The post Killer Mike’s Atlanta barbershop vandalised by “mentally disturbed” man appeared first on NME.

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December 16, 2021

Killer Mike and Method Man Join Lord of the Rings Cast for 20th Anniversary Rap on Colbert: Watch

Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, and more appear in the “#1 Trilly” video

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December 16, 2021

Method Man, Killer Mike, Hobbits & Colbert Rock Middle Earth With Epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ Rap

It is, after all, the "Number One Trilly" in the one celebration to rule them all.

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December 10, 2021

Big Sleepover

Shrewd beat choices (and Killer Mike) liven up a lopsided collaboration between two longtime Dungeon Family members who still share undeniable chemistry.

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November 13, 2021

Watch Run The Jewels’ Night Of The Living Dead’-inspired video for ‘Never Look Back’

El-P and Killer Mike attempt to fend off zombies in the new clip The post Watch Run The Jewels’ Night Of The Living Dead’-inspired video for ‘Never Look Back’ appeared first on NME.

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Discs

RUN

July 4, 2022

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Mr Regular

May 29, 2022

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Amen

December 17, 2021

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RTJ4 (Deluxe Edition)

September 24, 2021

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ooh la la (feat. Lil Wayne, Greg Nice & DJ Premier) [Remix]

September 23, 2021

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Lower Case (no cap) [feat. Killer Mike]

July 2, 2021

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JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha) [Remix]

January 8, 2021

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No Save Point (From "Cyberpunk 2077")

November 12, 2020

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Greatness

October 30, 2020

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RTJ4

June 3, 2020

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yankee and the brave (ep. 4)

March 24, 2020

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Let's Go (The Royal We)

October 11, 2018

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ArrowThroughSkinOutOfBlueSky

May 2, 2018

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Run the Jewels (Baby Driver Dialogue Version)

April 13, 2018

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Mean Demeanor

September 29, 2017

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Panther Like a Panther (Original Demo Version)

June 2, 2017

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Run The Jewels 3

December 25, 2016

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Kill Your Masters

January 20, 2016

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This Ecstatic Cult

January 13, 2016

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Killer Mike Chronicles

March 31, 2015

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Run the Jewels 2

October 27, 2014

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Run The Jewels

June 26, 2013

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Reagan

November 6, 2012

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R.A.P. Music [Instrumentals]

September 18, 2012

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R.A.P. Music

May 15, 2012

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Big Beast (feat. Bun B, T.I., And Trouble)

February 13, 2012

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BANGx3

November 29, 2011

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Go Out On The Town

May 17, 2011

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Ready Set Go

December 7, 2010

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I'mma Fool Wit It

July 21, 2009

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Underground Atlanta

January 1, 2009

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I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II

July 8, 2008

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2 Sides feat. Shawty Lo

June 24, 2008

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2 Sides

May 13, 2008

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My Chrome (feat. Big Boi)

May 24, 2005

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Get 'Em Shawty feat. Three 6 Mafia (Clean Version)

March 15, 2005

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Get 'Em Shawty feat. Three 6 Mafia (Explicit Version)

March 15, 2005

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Body Rock

January 1, 2005

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The Killer

January 1, 2005

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Monster (Clean Version)

March 11, 2003

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Monster

March 11, 2003

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A.D.I.D.A.S.

March 1, 2003

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AKshon (yeah!)

November 26, 2002

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