Killer Mike Is Grammy-Nominated For “Best Rap Album”
The nominations for the 2024 Grammy Awards announced this weekend (November 10). As the symbolic 50th year for Hip-Hop marches towards its close, there are several nominated albums and songs that exemplify the benchmark year and the culture.
Killer Mike’s album, MICHAEL, is a noteworthy inclusion in the “Best Rap Album” category. The decorated Adamsville, Georgia MC (and past winner) competes for his first “Best Rap Album” win with his first nomination in this category. MICHAEL is a long-awaited return to his solo catalog, following a decade of success with El-P in Run The Jewels. The VLNS/Loma Vista/Concord Music Group release, competes against Nas & Hit-Boy’s King’s Disease III, Drake & 21 Savage’s Her Loss, Travis Scott’s UTOPIA, and Metro Boomin’s late ’22 drop, HEROES & VILLAINS. In 2021, Nas won his first Grammy for the first King’s Disease installment ahead of additional nominations. He and Hit-Boy announced a pause in their collaborative run, following their third ’23 drop—Magic 3.
MICHAEL, Mike Bigga’s sixth album, is his first since 2012’s acclaimed R.A.P. Music. The 2023 collection involves fellow Dungeon Family artists Rico Wade, Andre 3000, CeeLo Green, and Future. Other guests include El-P, Curren$y, Mozzy, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Ty Dolla Sign. No I.D., DJ Paul, Cool & Dre, Don Cannon, Cory Mo, El-P, and Beat Butcha are among producers of the album that peaked at #58 on the album charts.
One song from MICHAEL is nominated in two categories. Killer Mike and Andre 3000’s “Scientists & Engineers” is nominated for “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song.” In the first category, it competes against “Black Thought’s “Love Letter,” Drake & 21 Savage’s “Rich Flex,” Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar’s “The Hillbillies,” Coi Leray’s Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five-sampling “Players,” and Killer Mike and Andre 3000’s “Scientists & Engineers.”
For “Best Rap Song,” “Scientists and Engineers” competes against “Rich Flex,” Doja Cat’s “Attention,” Lil Uzi Vert’s “I Just Wanna Rock,” as well as Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World.” The track also features past Grammy-winner Future as well as Eryn Allen Kane, marked a reunion between the two Dungeon Family artists, who—20 years ago—won “Best Rap Song By A Duo Or Group” for OutKast and Mike’s “The Whole World.”
Killer Mike reacted to the news, thanking his team and collaborators:
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Andre has seven Grammys, including “Album Of The Year” honors for OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004—a double album that twice features Killer Mike. In 2020, he last won a Grammy for a guest appearance on Anderson .Paak’s “Come Home.”
Several selections from MICHAEL currently appear on the Ambrosia For Heads playlist.
#BonusBeat: Killer Mike’s 2019 interview with AFH: