Mike met Big Boi through The Beat Bullies in the late 90s, which eventually led to his musical debut in the form of an absolute fire verse on “Snappin’ & Trappin’” from Outkast’s album Stankonia. Over the years, Killer Mike, who’s recently reached insane levels of success with Run The Jewels, has appeared on nearly 10 Outkast tracks, including “The Whole World,” which helped Mike snag a GRAMMY.
No stranger to collaborating with Sir Lucious Leftfoot outside his work as a member of the famed duo, Mike was once signed to Big Boi's label and a member of the Purple Ribbon All-Stars. The pair also collided on the 2003 gem, "A.D.I.D.A.S."
In a recent interview with SPIN Magazine in which the dirty south emcee mostly reminisced on Outkast’s sophomore album ATLiens, Big Boi let the news of a collaborative project with Killer Mike spill.
Wait until you hear this new s**t. Killer Mike is busy as hell. I mean, he’ll come straight from the airport and go into the studio and bust on two or three records and come back again the next day. We’re just trying to put as many ideas out there as possible. And me and Killer Mike, we’re gonna put out a little EP after I put out my next solo record or something like that. We’ve been entertaining the idea for a long time and finally got enough songs to where we just said the other night that we’re gonna do it. You getting a scoop there.
Considering the recent musical direction of both veterans -- Killer Mike’s work with El-P in Run The Jewels, and Big Boi’s recent experimentation with artists like Little Dragon and Phantogram -- the thought of a joint effort, one that will showcase both their musical roots and respective maturation as artists, is incredibly exciting.
Also, for the love of the hip-hop Gods, let that little “...or something like that” comment mean this tentative EP is ticketed to become a full-length album. Fingers crossed. Everything crossed.
By Brent Bradley aka 13Stacks aka Sir Brentseph Alouiscious Casperdoodle III. Follow him on Twitter.
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