Born Michael Render, Killer Mike got his first dose of mainstream attention as a guest performer on Outkast's
classic LP Stankonia
. He made several other appearances on tracks like Jay-Z's
"Poppin' Tags" before dropping his debut album, Monster
, in 2003. The ATLien hs since released five LPs, signed to T.I.'s
Grand Hustle and appeared in films such as ATL
In 2011, Killer Mike and his wife opened up a barbershop in his hometown called Graffiti's SWAG in hopes of starting a chain of shops to create more job opportunites for Black communities throughout the country.