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
, in stores July 8th.
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.
boasts an impressive line up of both Southern and Bay Area rappers, which will include appearances by notable legends, 8 Ball and MJG
, 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---ing perfect to kick 2008 off with!"
You can also catch Killer Mike on his web show Super Deluxe – Killer Mike's Grind Time Sport's Show
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