Killer Mike delivers a drop of gold with “MICHAEL DELUXE” and a brand spanking new video for “Yes”
In the only way that Killer Mike knows how – extremely fucking cool – and yes – CDs are back baby – he has dropped the extended version of his 2023 opus, “MICHAEL DELUXE.”
You can now snag it on 2xLP vinyl, CD, or in the digital realm. This little – not so little – musical gem comes with a whopping 17 tracks on physical copies and an even more generous 18 in the digital version. Plus, there’s a cool visual accompaniment for the fresh and fiery single, ‘YES.’
Last week, we got hit with ‘MAYNARD VIGNETTE,’ a sprawling Atlanta anthem featuring the likes of T.I., JID, and Jacquees. Mike spilled the beans, saying, “MICHAEL was originally longer, and now we’re dropping the rest. These songs are some of my personal faves from the album sessions, but they needed a bit more TLC to get them just right. We managed to finish three of them for the vinyl and added one more for the digital crowd.”
Killer Mike’s generosity knows no bounds. He treated his global fanbase to an unforgettable album celebration on his YouTube channel. There, he unveiled ‘WHAT MADE MICHAEL (A Conversation with Elliott Wilson),’ a deep-dive mini-doc where he takes you on a journey through his formative years in Atlanta. But the party didn’t stop there; a brand-new music video for the single “YES” made its debut.
The good times extended to the sunny shores of Los Angeles, where Mike teamed up with Anthony Valadez and KCRW for a magical evening at Apogee Studio, captured as a Morning Becomes Eclectic session. This Sunday, he’s all set to host a Record Store Revival at the legendary Rough Trade NYC, with Carrie Colliton (Co-President of Record Store Day) as the moderator. The conversation will also be live-streamed here on his and Rough Trade’s YouTube + META platforms, so fans from all corners of the globe can join in on the fun.
MICHAEL’s status as a magnum opus was cemented under the expert executive production of No ID, released through the esteemed Loma Vista Recordings. Its star-studded lineup reads like a who’s who of rap legends from different eras, including Andre 3000, Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, and more (check out the full tracklist here).
The album has been praised as a “complex portrait of Southern Black masculinity,” painting a vivid picture of Mike’s journey from humble beginnings under his Grandmother’s wing to the candid tales of teenage love and unplanned pregnancy, to years spent in the world of the drug trade, all tied together by our shared human experience. It culminates in Mike’s bold leap into rap superstardom, facing his own inner demons head-on.
Since its inception, MICHAEL has struck a deep chord with fans, proving the universal appeal of Mike’s story of resilience, duty, and brotherhood. From the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to the iconic Apollo Theatre in New York, from the lively stages of Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival to the esteemed Clive Davis Theater in the GRAMMY Museum, audiences have been profoundly moved and enriched by this tale of a man’s journey from the streets to stardom.