A new album from Atlanta’s own Killer Mike is finally on the way over a decade after the release of the critically acclaimed, R.A.P Music album. During SXSW in Austin, the Run The Jewels member hosted a listening party for this forthcoming album, Michael. Per DJ Kenny Perez, the new opus from the Dungeon Family graduate includes the previously released “Run” ft. Young Thug, and appearances from hip-hop luminaries, as well as a comedic legend. “The project is journey through his life and he doesn’t hold back. Collabs with Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Dave Chapelle [sic] and more,” he said.
Recent reports from Perez and Spin Magazine indicate that Michael will be an autobiographical effort that delves into Killer Mike’s past and present. One song that he performed at Spin’s SXSW showcase is reportedly titled “Shed Tears,” which is described as carefully pairing elements of gospel and drum-and-bass. Another record, “High + Holy,” serves as a tribute to his wife, who has stood by his side and pushed him to reach further.
Killer Mike Celebrates “Michael”
The rapper shared a heartfelt message at his recording party where he expressed his gratitude for his longevity. “My life truly is a testimony for what happens when you show up and keep believing something is calling you to do better for yourself,” Killer Mike. “I don’t know what’s after this life, but I will treasure this night for the rest of my life.” Though it’s been over a decade since his last album, Mike remains a critical voice in hip-hop who continues to use his platform to shed light on his community in Atlanta and America as a whole.
Though fans could anticipate the release of Michael this year, Killer Mike also hinted that he and El-P are back in the studio. During an interview with Consequence Of Sound in 2022, he said that Run The Jewels 5 is currently in the works. Though he didn’t reveal a release date, perhaps we could expect to see it on DSPs after the release of Michael. We’ll keep you posted on any more updates surrounding Killer Mike’s next album. In the meanwhile, check out his single “Talk’n That Shit” produced by DJ Paul and TWhy Xclusive.