San Francisco, CA -- Killer Mike and his Atlanta based label, Grind Time Official, have joined forces with Bay Area based record label, SMC Recordings. The first release from this dynamic partnership will be the continuation of Killer Mike's critically acclaimed Pledge series and will be titled, "I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II".
Killer Mike got his formal introduction when he first appeared on the Outkast single "The Whole World" for which he won a Grammy. Mike then signed to Outkast's Aquemini label, which was distributed by Columbia Records, and in 2003 released his debut album, "Monster" which went Gold. After a short stay at Big Boi's label, Purple Ribbon/Virgin, Mike decided it was time for him to make moves on his own and he established Grind Time Official in 2004. With no distribution, Grind Time still made an impact with Killer Mike releases including, "Dec Crack" in 2004, "The Killer" which won the SEA Mixtape of the Year Award in 2005, and "I Pledge Allegiance to The Grind I", which won Best Street Album at this years Ozone Awards.
The first single from "I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II" will be released in December, the street date for the album release will be early 2008. Pledge II boasts an impressive line up of both Southern and Bay Area rappers, which will include appearances by notable legends, 8 Ball and MJG, UGK and Trae, with more to be announced. As he did with "I Pledge Allegiance to The Grind I", Mike will reunite with producers Chaotic Beats, Heatwave and The D Majors for part II and also will include beats from Marvelous J and The Beat Bullies.
Killer Mike is excited about teaming up with SMC, about being his own boss and is looking forward to bringing new music to his fans, "If you work hard and grind hard, it will pay off in the end! I was a worker, now I'm a boss!" Will Bronson, co-owner of SMC Recordings, is ready for the 2008 release, "All we wanna do is release great records by dope and refreshing artists- Killer Mike and the Grind Time Official artists embody that. Needless to say, (Killer) Mike is f**king perfect to kick 2008 off with!"
Grind Time and SMC are looking ahead and after kicking off the partnership with "I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II" at the on-set of 2008, they plan to continue their partnership with a release from SL Jones and other members of the Grind Time Rap Gang. Be sure to be on the look out for "I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II" in 2008 and Grind Time Rap Gang, Bang! Bang! Bang!
You can also catch Killer Mike on his web show Super Deluxe - Killer Mike's Grind Time Sport's Show -