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Killer Mike

Performing in May 2008.
Background information
Birth name Michael Render
Born April 20, 1975 (age 34)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Hip hop
Labels Grind Time, Grand Hustle, Atlantic
Associated acts Outkast, T.I., 8Ball & MJG, Sleepy Brown, Big Kuntry King, Young Dro, Rick Ross,Bun B, Gucci Mane
Website Killer Mike at MySpace

Michael Render (born April 20, 1975), better known by his stage name Mike Bigga , formerly Killer Mike, is an American rapper, signed to Grind Time Official through the SMC/Fontana Distribution. He made his debut appearance on "Snappin' and Trappin'" on OutKast's 2000 LP Stankonia, and also appeared on the Grammy-winning song, "The Whole World", the single from OutKast's greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast. He was featured in the movies 20 Funerals, Idlewild, and ATL.

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Biography

Killer Mike released his debut album, Monster, in 2003. The album's lead single was "Akshon (Yeah!)", it featured OutKast on guest vocals, and was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 version of EA Sports popular video game Madden NFL. He even made a Madden '04 remix of "Akshon (Yeah!)" for the game. Following the release of his own material, he appeared on "Flip Flop Rock" and "Bust" on the Speakerboxx half of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. He also appeared on "Southern Takeover" with Pastor Troy on Chamillionaire's CD The Sound of Revenge. His second album "Ghetto Extraordinary" has had its release date pushed back several times due to disputes between Big Boi and Sony Records.[1]

Killer Mike has also performed as a voice actor. He played a rapper/actor, turned President of the United States, named Taqu'il in the Adult Swim cartoon Frisky Dingo. According to an article published in the June 2007 issue of XXL, Killer Mike addressed why he left the Purple Ribbon roster. He stated that he felt as if Purple Ribbon was the equivalent to the "Clippers," while he wanted to join the "Lakers."

On April 21, 2008, Killer Mike performed at the 2008 National Forensics Association National Tournament at Tennessee State University.

He ended his 3 year beef[2] with Big Boi in 2008, after a storm had hit Atlanta.[3]

Days after T.I. addressed the rumor and confirmed that he and Killer Mike had been in talks about bringing Mike to his Grand Hustle imprint on Atlantic, Killer Mike confirmed to HipHopDX.com that he will be signing. On December 9 Mike said he hoped to have the deal ironed out before the end of January 2009 to get to work on 16 in the Kitchen Killer Mike Confirms Signing With T.I.]. HipHopDX.com. Accessed December 9, 2008.

Political opinions

He is known for being highly opinionated in his interviews concerning topics, such as race, economy, and politics. In an interview, he once spoke on the economic conditions of black people, as well as the majority of them being lazy:

Let me help Black people understand something. I don’t just talk this s**t. At least for two hours out of my day I’m reading or watching Claud Anderson or John Henrik Clarke. Go google them to see what they have to say about a Black economic agenda, a Black socialization agenda. For those who say why we need a Black agenda, I want you to get your dumb ass up in the morning, look at them clothes and see if any of them are made by Black people. No, they not. They made by little Brown people who are underpaid and overworked. Then I want you to go to the refrigerator. You didn’t buy that s**t from a Black coop, you bought it from a White chain grocer, a corporation. So you didn’t produce none of the food because they have taken over 30 million acres of land from Black farmers over the past 70, 80 years. Then you go to the gas station and you think he look like you, so you say "Hey wussup brother." And he don’t respond to you because he ain’t on your agenda. Why? Because he’s on the East Indian agenda. He’s on the Saudi Arabian agenda. So it sounds to me like, n****s, you need to make one. Nothing that you do during the day benefits you. And if all you have to be proud of is a Black president. I feel sorry for you lazy, worthless, shiftless n****s.[4]

Discography

Albums

Singles

  • "The Whole World" (Outkast featuring Killer Mike) (2001)
  • "Land of a Million Drums" (Outkast featuring Killer Mike & Sleepy Brown) (2002)
  • "Bust" (Outkast featuring Killer Mike) (2003)
  • "Flip Flop Rock" (Outkast featuring Killer Mike & Jay-Z) (2003)
  • "Akshon (Yeah!)" (featuring Outkast) (2003)
  • "A.D.I.D.A.S." (featuring Big Boi & Sleepy Brown) (2003)
  • "A.D.I.D.A.S. (Cool N Dre Remix)" (featuring Jermaine Dupri & Amil) (promo only release) (2003)
  • "My Chrome" (featuring Big Boi) (2005)
  • "The Juggernaut" (2006)
  • "That's Life" (2006)
  • "All That Jizz" (as Ta'Quil; from the show Frisky Dingo) (2006)
  • "Bad Day, Worst Day" (featuring Ice Cube) (2006)
  • "My Chrome" (featuring Big Boi) (2007)
  • "Get Em' Shawty" (featuring Bubba Sparxxx & Three 6 Mafia) (2007)
  • "Blam Blam" (Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres Colon soundtrack) (2007)
  • "2 Sides" (featuring Shawty Lo) (2008)
  • "Pressure" (featuring Ice Cube) (2008)
  • "Imma G"(Dem GetAway Boyz Featuring Killer Mike) (2008)
  • "Imma Fool Wit It" (featuring Big Kuntry King) (2009)

Appearances

References

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