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Michael (stylized in all caps) is the sixth studio album by American rapper Killer Mike, released through VLNS and Loma Vista Recordings on June 16, 2023. It marks Killer Mike's first solo studio record in 11 years, following 2012's R.A.P. Music, and includes collaborations with CeeLo Green, Mozzy, Young Thug, 6lack, Eryn Allen Kane, Jagged Edge, André 3000, Future, Currensy, 2 Chainz, Kaash Paige, Blxst, Fabo, El-P and Ty Dolla Sign.[2]


In an interview with Zane Lowe, Killer Mike called the album both his "come home moment musically", due to it being influenced by gospel, soul, funk and hip hop, and his "submission to God, like, 'Okay, you got me.'" He also characterized it as his way of honoring "the civil rights movement, the abolitionist movement, which gave us some of the most beautiful music ever".[2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Evening Standard[6]
Slant Magazine[1]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Michael received an average score of 77 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reception.[3]

Ed Lawson of DIY called it a "sonically rich record that is likely to reveal yet more on each listen" as "there's something about the vignettes he paints on Michael [...] that suggests that while he's seemed an open book so far, there's still plenty for him to reveal".[5] Rolling Stone's Mosi Reeves felt that "despite the sometimes-overwrought musical backdrop, Killer Mike remains an incisive and compelling lyricist who confidently takes Michael into unexpected places" and that the rapper "focuses on his personal life, particularly his late mother and grandmother, with uncharacteristic empathy and restraint, even as he continues to utilize his uniquely brusque vocal style".[9]

David Smyth of the Evening Standard opined that "here [Killer Mike is] still vivid and passionate on what it means to be a black man today, but now with a more personal slant". Smyth also found there to be "a few more commercial moments, such as what counts nowadays as a rare guest appearance from Outkast's Andre 3000 over the futuristic synths of Scientists & Engineers, and a skyscraping turn from another Atlanta man, CeeLo Green, on Down by Law. But this is really all about what it's like to be Mike, and it's a fascinating tale".[6] Ben Devlin of musicOMH wrote that the album "delivers virtuosity, emotion and excellence" and that one of its "greatest achievements is that it's such a personal, heartfelt record despite so many other rappers and singers coming along for the ride".[7]

Slant Magazine's Steve Erickson remarked that Michael "emphasizes Killer Mike's Atlanta heritage by harkening back to a style of Southern rap influenced by gospel, soul, and blues" and although most songs "rel[y] on a similar arrangement of choirs, pianos, and organs, which risks becoming tiresome, [...] its sonic divergence from most mainstream American hip-hop today is refreshing".[1] Dylan Green of Pitchfork described the album as "an origin story that works best when it examines how worshiping at the altars of sex, money, and Jesus created the man we know today. But when he petulantly doubles down on critiques of his public persona and status as a Black multi-millionaire, the album is harder to stomach."[8] Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Paul Simpson declared that, "Michael can get overbearing at times" but also noted that, "the production is generally stellar, and it's easily the rapper's most honest and emotional work."[4]

Track listing

Michael track listing
1."Down by Law" (with CeeLo Green)
  • Cory Mo
  • Cal A[m]
2."Shed Tears" (with Mozzy)
No I.D.4:49
3."Run" (featuring Young Thug)
No I.D.4:45
4."Nrich" (featuring 6lack and Eryn Allen Kane)Cool & Dre4:40
5."Talk'n That Shit!"
6."Slummer" (with Jagged Edge)
  • Render
  • Brian Casey
  • Lyon
  • Paul Nichols
  • Valenzano
  • Roger Williams
Cool & Dre4:35
7."Scientists & Engineers" (with André 3000 featuring Future and Eryn Allen Kane)
  • André 3000
  • DJ Paul
  • Blake
  • No I.D.
  • Twhy Xclusive
8."Two Days" (with Ty Dolla Sign)4:40
9."Spaceship Views" (with Currensy, 2 Chainz, and Kaash Paige)Honorable C.N.O.T.E.3:12
10."Exit 9" (with Blxst)
11."Something for Junkies" (with Fabo)
  • Cannon
  • Little Shalimar
  • No I.D.
12."Motherless" (with Eryn Allen Kane)
  • Render
  • Campbell
  • Farmer
  • Koehn
  • Wilson
No I.D.3:53
13."Don't Let the Devil" (with El-P featuring Thankugoodsir)
  • El-P
  • Little Shalimar
  • No I.D.
14."High & Holy" (with Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Render
  • Campbell
  • Farmer
  • Jones
  • Brandon Sewell
Tec Beatz4:53
Total length:53:44
  • Render
  • Jason Cannon
  • Justin Rhodes
  • Milton Biggam
  • MenaceTheDJ
  • J.Rhodes
16."Maynard Vignette" (with T.I., JID, and Jacquees)
  • Julian Cruz
17."Get Some Money"
  • Render
  • Carlton Mays Jr
  • Damien Romel Farmer III
  • Campbell
  • Honorable C.N.O.T.E.
18."Act Up" (with Young Nudy)
  • Render
  • Alex Levesque
  • Bryan Jones
  • Cory Washington
  • Kingsley Nwadije
  • Tristan Robertson
  • William Anspach
  • Travagant
  • Obi Nwadije
  • “Greasy” Wil Anspach
Total length:68:03


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  • Nicolas De Porcel – mastering
  • Migui Maloles – mixing (1, 2, 4, 6, 8–14)
  • Derek Ali – mixing (3, 5, 7)
  • Cyrus Taghipour – mixing (3, 5, 7)
  • Project Passion – engineering
  • Wil Anspach – engineering
  • James A. Kelso Jr. – engineering (1, 2, 4–14)
  • Renegade El Rey – recording
  • Ken Oriole - engineering (6, 7)
  • Brandon Blatz – mixing assistance (1–6, 8–14)
  • Sydney Wolfe – engineering assistance


Chart performance for Michael
Chart (2023)Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[10]28
UK Album Downloads (OCC)[11]25
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[12]2
US Billboard 200[13]58
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14]23
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15]12


  1. ^ a b c Erickson, Steve (June 14, 2023). "Killer Mike Michael Review: A Combative Yet Reverent Nod to the Past". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Caraan, Sophie (June 16, 2023). "Killer Mike Reintroduces Himself in Michael". Hypebeast. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Michael by Killer Mike Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Simpson, Paul (June 16, 2023). "Killer Mike - Michael Album Reviews, songs & More". AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Lawson, Ed (June 16, 2023). "Killer Mike – Michael review". DIY. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Smyth, David (June 16, 2023). "Killer Mike: Michael album review – the veteran rapper is still vivid and passionate". Evening Standard. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Devlin, Ben (June 16, 2023). "Killer Mike – Michael | Album Reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  8. ^ a b Green, Dylan (June 23, 2023). "Killer Mike: Michael Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  9. ^ Reeves, Mosi (June 16, 2023). "Killer Mike Offers Impressive Empathy and Vague Politics on His Comeback Record Michael". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 23, 2023.
  11. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  12. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  13. ^ "Killer Mike Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  14. ^ "Killer Mike Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  15. ^ "Killer Mike Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2023.


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Killer Mike (* 20. April 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia; bürgerlich Michael Santiago Render) ist ein US-amerikanischer Rapper aus dem Umfeld von OutKast und gehört der zweiten Generation der Dungeon Family an. Er gilt als Vertreter des Hardcore- und Dirty-South-Raps.


Render begann seine Rap-Karriere unter dem Namen „Skunk“ (Stinktier). Den Namen Killer Mike erhielt er zu High-School-Zeiten von einem lokalen DJ, nachdem er einen Rap-Contest dominiert hatte.[2] Die breite Öffentlichkeit wurde zum ersten Mal auf Killer Mike aufmerksam, als er einen Gastauftritt auf OutKasts Single The Whole World hatte. Sein eigener Durchbruch folgte dann etwa zwei Jahre später, mit dem Song A.D.I.D.A.S., bei dem Big Boi mitwirkte. Das dazugehörige Album Monster erreichte in den USA die Top 10. Im Jahr 2010 nahm er an der amerikanischen MTV-Show „Made“ als Coach teil und brachte den selbsternannten „Nerd“ James Padgett innerhalb von vier Wochen dazu, zu einem echten Rapper zu werden.

Im Jahr 2023 erschien Render's Album Michael, welches bei den Grammy Awards 2024 als bestes Rap-Album ausgezeichnet wurde. Zudem gewann der darauf enthaltene Song Scientists & Engineers zusammen mit André 3000, Eryn Allen Kane & Future die Auszeichnung als bester Rap-Song und beste Rap-Performance.

Politisches Engagement

Killer Mike wuchs als Kind politisch engagierter Eltern auf. In seiner Jugend engagierte er sich in Atlanta für Anti-Gewalt-Programme und Bildungsprogramme für Kinder.[2] Aufsehen erregte eine spontane Rede vom 24. November 2014, als im Todesfall Michael Brown die Grand Jury entschied kein Verfahren einzuleiten. Killer Mike eröffnete sein Konzert in Saint Louis, Missouri am Abend mit einer tränenerstickten Ansprache, in der er auf seine Kinder verwies und welche Angst er mittlerweile um diese habe. Eine Videoaufzeichnung der Rede erreichte in den USA ein nationales Publikum.[3] Selbiges gilt für eine Rede zum Todesfall George Floyds 2020, in der er die Protestierenden zur Beendigung der Ausschreitungen in Atlanta aufrief. Konstruktive Schritte zu einer möglichen Lösung lägen für ihn in der strategischen Organisation und der Teilnahme an Wahlen.[4]

Politisch betätigte sich Killer Mike, als er ab 2015 die US-Präsidentschaftskandidatur des Demokraten Bernie Sanders unterstützte. Killer Mike zitierte vor allem Sanders Bestreben, den Voting Rights Act wieder durchzusetzen. Laut Killer Mike ist Sanders der erste Politiker zu Mikes Lebzeiten, dessen Programm direkt wie eine Fortsetzung der Philosophie von Martin Luther King wirke. Er verkündete seine Unterstützung mehrfach öffentlich und drehte eine Reihe von Youtube-Videos mit Sanders, die über eine Million Aufrufe hatten.[2]



  • 2003: Monster
  • 2005: Ghetto Extraordinary
  • 2006: I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind
  • 2008: I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II
  • 2009: Underground Atlanta
  • 2011: Pl3dge
  • 2012: R.A.P. Music
  • 2023: Michael


  • 2013: El-P & Killer Mike – Run the Jewels (Fools’ Gold Records)
  • 2014: El-P & Killer Mike – Run the Jewels 2
  • 2016: El-P & Killer Mike – Run the Jewels 3
  • 2020: El-P & Killer Mike – Run the Jewels 4

Mixtapes (mit DJ Drama)

  • 2006: Gangsta Grillz, Vol. 6


  • 2002: Akshon
  • 2003: A.D.I.D.A.S.
  • 2006: Kryptonite (I’m on It) (feat. Big Boi, Blackowned C-Bone & Rock D The Legend; US:GoldGold)[5]


  • 2003: Grammy Award zusammen mit OutKast für The Whole World als Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
  • 2024: Grammy Award für Michael als Best Rap Album
  • 2024: Grammy Award zusammen mit André 3000, Eryn Allen Kane & Future als Best Rap Song und Best Rap Performance


Commons: Killer Mike – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. a b Chartquellen: US
  2. a b c Jonah Bromwich Bernie Sanders Has Killer Mike in His Corner, The New York Times vom 8. Januar 2016
  3. Jon Caramarica: Viscerally Facing Up to Ferguson, The New York Times vom 3. Dezember 2014
  4. News Staff: “We have to be better than this moment.” Atlanta rapper, advocate Killer Mike delivers powerful message. 30. Mai 2020, abgerufen am 31. Mai 2020 (englisch).
  5. Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: US

Killer Mike ¦ Michael
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