Killer Mike gives details on three upcoming projects.
Killer Mike released his R.A.P. Music album last year, and is already gearing up for not one, but three more releases. One will be a follow-up to the just mentioned R.A.P. Music. The rapper also has plans on dropping the fourth installment in his I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind album series, and finally, he's working on The Elegant Elephant.
While talking to XXL Killer Mike spoke on each project. First he described I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind IV, which will have production from Harry Fraud and El-P. “[I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind IV] is gonna be what Pledge is – motivation music. Anybody who’s listened to Pledge knows that,” Mike said. “I’m motivated to lose a little weight, so hopefully I’ll be smaller when Pledge IV comes out. The Pledge series has always been about setting goals; it’s been about dope music, but they’ve become almost like research papers with thesis statements. When started PL3DGE with ‘So Glorious’ – you know, ‘My story is so glorious/Fat fly boy, young Notorious’ – it was just my whole description of what I had been through, and Pledge II started with this speech that people love…and Pledge I was about leaving Purple Ribbon and leaving a major label and becoming this new thing on my own, so Pledge has always been about defining who I am at that moment and where me and my supporters can go together…Pledge IV is gonna be more of that over bigger, deffer beats. Harry Fraud is gonna be on that, El-P is gonna be on that.”
Mike Bigga is planning to drop the Pledge IV in 2014, as well as R.A.P. Music II once again with collaborative producer El-P. Killer Mike remained more tight-lipped when discussing the latter album and The Elegant Elephant. He shared his plans for the creative process of R.A.P. Music, “For R.A.P. Music II, me and El are gonna do shrooms, smoke weed and go back in a do it again” he said.
As for the long-awaited The Elegant Elephant, the Atlanta native says, “For The Elegant Elephant, that is my Moby Dick. I’m the captain of a ship on a fuckin’ boat chasing that whale. I’m supposed to evolve into whatever The Elegant Elephant is going to be, and I can’t honestly tell you the sound, except for it’s going to be musical and it’s going to be big and it’s gonna be soulful…[but] I’ll definitely have R.A.P. Music II and Pledge IV finished and ready for 2014.”