KILLER MIKE RELEASES MICHAEL ON VINYL & CD FOR THE FIRST TIME + MICHAEL DELUXE OUT TODAY
SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG YES – WATCH HERE
DEFINITIVE EDITION OF THE ACCLAIMED ALBUM INCLUDES FOUR ADDITIONAL SONGS ON DIGITAL
+ THREE ADDITIONAL SONGS ON CD AND VINYL
STREAM / PURCHASE MICHAEL DELUXE HERE
“A complex portrait of Southern Black masculinity” - NEW YORK TIMES
"If Killer Mike is an undefeated superhero, Michael Render
is an unshakable man." – EXCLAIM!
“Killer Mike’s position as one of the great and yet underrated rappers and lyricists of his time is affirmed.” - SPIN
“MICHAEL is worth the wait: a soul-baring collection of deeply personal songwriting that nevertheless contains the kind of bars-on-bars rapping that RTJ fans have come to love.” - CONSEQUENCE
“One of the most heartfelt and serious albums in his discography” - FLOOD
“One of the year’s best albums” - BET
“The influence of the South’s church-steeped culture undergirds Mike’s tearful reflections and assertive remonstrations as he recounts his evolution from nihilistic drug dealer to community leader and unofficial poet laureate of Atlanta.” - UPROXX
“Michael reminds us that, Jewels or no Jewels, Killer Mike is a bona fide star, a man who spent years tirelessly making music on his own terms until the world was finally ready to come to him.” - SLATE
“Michael is a standout release in Killer Mike’s already impressive oeuvre.”
- HOT NEW HIP HOP
“Michael is an admirable body of work that serves as a reminder that Killer Mike is a preternatural mic controller that’s fully in tune with where he’s come from and the man he’s become after being molded by the fires of life.” - VIBE
TORONTO, ON – September 15, 2023 – Killer Mike has just released the definitive version of his acclaimed 2023 album, MICHAEL DELUXE, on 2xLP vinyl, CD, and digital. The album – now expanded to 17 tracks on the physical editions and 18 tracks digitally – arrives alongside a video for the new song, YES. The album details were announced last week with the release of Maynard Vignette, a huge multi-generational Atlanta anthem with features from T.I., JID, and Jacquees, with Mike explaining that “MICHAEL was originally longer and now we’re starting to release the rest of it. These songs are some of my favourites from the album sessions, but we needed more time to get them the way we imagined them. We finished three of them in time to make the vinyl and one more for the digital.”
Killer Mike hosted a global album celebration party for his fans on his YouTube channel last night on the eve of the release, where he premiered WHAT MADE MICHAEL (A Conversation with Elliott Wilson), a mini-doc where he breaks down his album and gives fans a guided tour of his upbringing in Atlanta, followed by the premiere of the music video for his new single, YES. Mike also joined Anthony Valadez and KCRW for a special evening at Apogee Studio in Los Angeles that aired as a Morning Becomes Eclectic session yesterday to celebrate the release. This Sunday, Mike will host a Record Store Revival at Rough Trade NYC at 4:00 p.m. ET, an in-conversation event moderated by Carrie Colliton (Co-President of Record Store Day), followed by an album signing event for fans in attendance. The conversation from the event will also livestream via his and Rough Trade's YouTube + META platforms, so that his fans around the world can join – tune in here.
MICHAEL was executive produced by No ID and released via Loma Vista Recordings, with a roster of features spanning multiple eras of rap, including Andre 3000, Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Curren$y, 6LACK, EL-P, Blxst, Eryn Allen Kane, and more (full tracklist below). The album has been heralded as “a complex portrait of Southern Black masculinity” for its holistic portrayal of Michael’s come up in Atlanta – from his inauspicious start being raised by his Grandmother, to his plainspoken and empathetic detailing of his teenage girlfriend’s unwanted pregnancy, to his years selling drugs to folks with whom he felt a deep human connection, to aspiring to and achieving rap stardom in the face of his own self-doubts. Since its release and subsequent touring Mike has interfaced with countless fans, from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to New York’s Apollo Theatre to Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival, to the Clive Davis Theater in the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, who have been deeply moved and enriched by his relatable working-class story of perseverance, responsibility, and community.
Mike and the album have been a media fixture throughout the year, from a brand-new in-depth feature in Complex this week, to New York Times, Billboard, Esquire, BET, The Breakfast Club, Sway in the Morning, Vulture, SPIN, Idea Generation, and many, many more.
MICHAEL DELUXE TRACK LIST:
1. Down By Law (ft. CeeLo Green)
2. Shed Tears (ft. Mozzy & Lena Byrd Miles)
3. RUN (ft. Young Thug)
4. N Rich (ft. 6LACK & Eryn Allen Kane)
5. Talk’n That Shit!
6. Slummer (ft. Jagged Edge)
7. Scientists & Engineers (ft. Andre 3000, Future, & Eryn Allen Kane)
8. Two Days (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
9. Spaceship Views (Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Kaash Paige)
10. Exit 9 (ft. Blxst)
11. Something For Junkies (ft. Fabo)
12. Motherless (ft. Eryn Allen Kane)
13. Don’t Let The Devil (ft. EL-P & thankugoodsir)
14. High And Holy (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
16. Maynard Vignette (ft. T.I., JID, & Jacquees)
17. Get Some Money
18 Act Up (ft. Young Nudy) *digital only