Michael Render (born April 20, 1975), better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American hip hop singer, songwriter, activist, and occasional actor. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records.
Mike was first heard on "Snappin' and Trappin'", a song from OutKast's album Stankonia (2000). He later appeared on the Grammy-winning song "The Whole World", a single from OutKast's greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast.
In December 2008, Mike signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. In 2012, he released R.A.P. Music, produced by rapper-producer El-P. In 2013, the two formed a duo called Run the Jewels. The two signed to Fool's Gold Records and released Run the Jewels in June of that year.
Killer Mike is a member of the Democratic Party. He supports Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. After introducing Sanders at a rally held in Atlanta November 23, 2015, Mike spent time recording an interview with the presidential candidate. Mike released his interview with Bernie Sanders as a six-part video series the following month.
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- Talking Shop With Bernie Sanders & Killer Mike