With his debut album, “Monster” climbing the charts with 80,000 albums sold and a Grammy under his belt, Killer Mike is making a monster splash in the music industry.
Lifestyles sat down with the Atlanta native to discuss his outlook on life and his recent success.
Q: There has been a lot of discussion about your album being sold at prices like $6.99 and $8.99, how did you accomplish this?
Killer: “I wanted people who come from neighborhoods like mine, young people…high school and college students to be able to buy the album. I addressed the label and had them promise it wouldn’t go over $13.99. I was really concerned with young people being able to by my music.”
Q: Your music has been defined in many articles as ruff and edgy, do you agree with that?
Killer: “Yes, it’s good youth music. It can be a bit abrasive but it’s a message and there is a method to the madness.”
Q: It is not often that new artists from the south get so much love on the charts and in the stores like you have, to what do you attribute that?
Killer: ” I’m blessed, for me to be a brand new artist…a lot of people took a chance on me and I’m glad I didn’t disappoint them, 80,000 people have bought my album. I am tremendously blessed. Now I am trying to bring home the gold and platinum.”
Q: For those who haven’t purchased the album yet, why should they go out and buy it?
Killer: “My album is a street album it isn’t b.s; it’s honesty. It will take you to all different levels. It talks for a community of people, the poor working class.”
Q: What is it about you that you want your fans to know?
Killer: “I am that dude everyone can relate to. I have many different faces. The songs on my album like “Monster” and “All for you” allow you to see my different sides.”
Q: What message would you like to send out to your fans?
Killer: “I encourage the young people that listen to my music to take care of business first and go out and have fun.”
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