Killer Mike Reveals He Spent $500,000 To Produce “Michael” Album

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Killer Mike released his sixth studio album on June 16. The album, titled Michael, is the Atlanta MC’s first full-length solo project since 2012’s R.A.P. Music.


During an interview with Apple Music’s Ebro Darden at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Killer Mike revealed that he spent a substantial amount of his own money to create Michael. He shared the surprising information about the cost of the album with Darden, saying, “This matters because I spent half a million dollars without asking my wife. At about a quarter million dollars, she was just like, ‘What the f### are you doing?’”

Despite the financial strain, the 48-year-old artist was determined to create the album he had always wanted to make. He explained his reasoning to his wife, saying, “I’m making the album I’ve always wanted to make.” However, his wife pointed out that the money could have been used for other things, stating, “We’re a quarter million short. That could have bought a whole nother quarter of a block.”

Michael features collaborations with various Atlanta artists, including CeeLo Green, Young Thug, 6LACK, Jagged Edge, Future, 2 Chainz, and André 3000. Killer Mike also enlisted the talents of other artists such as Mozzy, Eryn Allen Kane, Ty Dolla $ign, and Curren$y.


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One of the tracks on Michael titled “Don’t Let the Devil” features Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels partner El-P and Thankugoodsir. The production for the album includes contributions from El-P, No I.D., Cool & Dre, DJ Paul, Don Canon, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., and others.

Prior to releasing Michael, Killer Mike and El-P released four albums as Run The Jewels between 2013 and 2020. The duo has plans to embark on a four-city, sixteen-show RTJX 10-Year Anniversary Concert Series starting in September.

Addressing any concerns about the future of Run The Jewels, Killer Mike clarified, “No, it’s not a breakup. No, it’s not a separation. This Michael expands the Run The Jewels universe.” He further explained, “But the character of Killer Mike had an origin story. So I wanted people, like Wolverine to Logan, to see everything that goes into that. So to me, this record even expands further the Run The Jewels universe.”



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