AKA Michael Render
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Monster
Mike Render was given a less-than-auspicious start to his term on the planet in a poor neighborhood on the west side of Atlanta. With a father absent since his birth and a mother preoccupied by drug addiction, it was his maternal grandparents that took charge of his upbringing; but, despite this relatively stable situation, the almost inevitable involvment in both selling and using drugs had taken hold by his fifteenth year. Like many of his contemporaries, Render's only available means to escape from a future of poverty and crime was to pursue a career in hip-hop. His first high-profile appearance took place courtesy of fellow Georgia natives OutKast, who gave him a guest spot on the track Snappin' & Trappin' from their critically-acclaimed and platinum-selling effort Stankonia (2000). The following year, they enlisted his help once again for The Whole World, one of three new tracks featured on the greatest hits compilation Big Boi And Dre Present...OutKast (2001).
Killer Mike's debut single Akshon (Yeah!) was released through Columbia Records in 2002, featuring contributions from Outkast's Big Boi and André 3000; his first full-length Monster surfaced early the following year, several of its tracks having production and performance contributions from either (or both) of the Outkasts (including the next single A.D.I.D.A.S.). Guest performers such as D12's Bizarre, Dungeon Family's Slimm Calhoun and Bone Crusher also made appearances on the album. Such was the strength of his reputation as a result of his previous Outkast exposure that all three releases made their presence known on the charts, and the full-length even insinuated itself in to the top 10. His collaboration with the popular duo was resumed for several tracks on their 2003 double-release Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and he subsequently contributed to the track Down South from posthumously-released Ol' Dirty Bastard mix album Osirus (2005). The second Killer Mike release, Ghetto Extraordinary was issued in summer of 2005, its lead single My Chrome once again enlisting the participation of Big Boi; during this same period, collaborative work with the Grind Time crew was undertaken.
OutKast Rapper (2000-03)
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