BET Awards 2024: Best of Killer Mike, 5 Classic Albums from the Veteran Emcee

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Throughout his two-decade-long career, rapper and social activist Killer Mike has consistently delivered powerful messages over gritty beats. From his 2003 debut album, Monster, to his latest critically acclaimed release, MICHAEL, the Atlanta native has remained a stalwart force in the hip-hop scene, captivating audiences with his poignant lyrics and thought-provoking themes.

The veteran emcee's sophomore albums, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind I and its sequel,  Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II, further solidified his reputation as a relentless emcee with a message of resilience and determination. As a Grammy Award winner, Killer Mike has utilized his platform to address social and political issues, emerging as a prominent voice for change.

This year, Killer Mike has earned a coveted “Album of the Year” nomination for MICHAEL at the upcoming BET Awards 2024. As anticipation builds for culture's biggest night, take a moment to explore five albums that have defined Killer Mike's illustrious career. 

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  • “Monster”

    Killer Mike’s debut album, Monster, introduced the world to his formidable talent. Featuring collaborations with Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, the album blends Southern hip-hop beats with Mike’s dynamic lyricism.

    Tracks like "A.D.I.D.A.S." stand out for their playful yet provocative nature, even if the emcee later expressed mixed feelings about them. Monster set the stage for Killer Mike's career, highlighting his unique voice and perspective in the hip-hop scene.

  • R.A.P. Music (Rebellious African People)

    R.A.P. Music (Rebellious African People) is often hailed as one of Killer Mike's most important works. Produced entirely by El-P, the album merges Mike's Southern roots with El-P's futuristic beats. The standout track, “Reagan,” offers a scathing critique of the former president's policies and their impact on marginalized communities. The album received critical acclaim for its bold political statements and innovative production, marking a significant point in Mike's career.

  • “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II”

    I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II is a testament to Killer Mike's work ethic and determination. This album solidified his reputation as a relentless emcee with a powerful message. Tracks like “Pressure” and “Can You Hear Me” showcase his ability to blend personal narratives with broader social commentary. The album's gritty production and raw energy reflect Mike's commitment to his craft and community.

  • “Run the Jewels”

    Killer Mike's collaboration with El-P as Run the Jewels began with their self-titled debut album in 2013. This project brought new intensity and creativity to Mike's music. Tracks like “Run the Jewels” and “Banana Clipper” feature aggressive beats and sharp lyrics, establishing the duo's chemistry and influence. The album's success spawned a series of acclaimed releases and solidified their place in hip-hop history.

  • “Michael”

    Killer Mike’s latest album, Michael, finds the emcee returning to his roots, blending personal reflections with socio-political insights. Michel also marked the emcee’s first solo studio record in 11 years and featured appearances by André 3000, Blxst, CeeLo Green, Kassh PaigeFuture, longtime collaborator El-P, and more. 

    The project garnered significant attention and critical praise, including a Grammy Award win for “Best Rap Album” at the 66th annual event earlier this year. 

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET. 

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