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Killer Mike is a Grammy award-winning rapper and actor who is making waves in the political arena for his gripping commentary on ongoing social issues confronting America.

Michael Render aka Killer Mike – a nickname he received for ‘killing the microphone’ – is a Grammy award-winning rapper and actor who is making waves in the political arena for his gripping commentary on ongoing social issues confronting America. Media outlets such as CNN, Huffington Post, FOX Business News, and Pitchfork are catching on to his ability to connect with audiences through his intelligent, thoughtful discussion.

Killer Mike is looking to spark dialogue on college campuses across the nation on community building, race relations, and the landscape after Ferguson.

Mike made his debut on the track “Snappin’ and Trappin'”, from OutKast’s 2000 album Stankonia, and he later appeared on Grammy-winning song “The Whole World”, also by OutKast. In December 2008, Mike confirmed that he signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. In 2012, he released R.A.P. Music. The album was produced by rapper-producer El-P. In 2013, Killer Mike and EI-P formed Run the Jewels and released their self-titled debut via Fool’s Gold Records. “Run the Jewels 2” was released in October 2014 to rave reviews with Rolling Stone naming it “Best Rap Album of 2014.”

  • Race Relations in the US

    Killer Mike explores a wide range of topics including music, misogyny, community activism, cultural appropriation, social media, and police brutality.

How Killer Mike reinvented Thomas More for the 21st century

The rapper’s utopian attempt to secede from the US, as documented in his Netflix show Trigger Warning, is more than just clever TV. The word “utopia” was coined in the early 16th century by Thomas More, writer, ... Read more

by The Guardian

Rapper and Netflix star Killer Mike: How a Warren Buffett mindset has been key to my success

Michael Render, known by many as Killer Mike, is a Grammy-winning rapper, activist and entrepreneur. His outspoken opinions on cultural norms and social issues landed him his new Netflix series “Trigger Warning,” ... Read more

by CNBC

Killer Mike Is Trigger Happy

Killer Mike wants to shake shit up and he’s willing to hurt a few feelings to do it. As a politically and socially inquisitive rapper of over two decades, one half of the Run the Jewels duo with songs like “Kill ... Read more

by Pitchfork

Compelling Speakers that Grab Attention & Keep It

*Pictured above is Jane Goodall. Photo credit: Michelle Valberg   Who is going to keep your audience staying through the end of your conference? Who is going to stand out in an information-packed agenda? How ... Read more

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