After being signed to Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon Records, popular Atlanta rapper Killer Mike is now his own boss. He has a new partnership between his independent company, Grind Time Official, and T.I.’s Grand Hustle. He’s also got a new album on the way and plans to expand his community service work.
Still, Killer Mike revealed to S2S that in order to become a boss he had to overcome some major issues in life, starting with putting aside his potentially self-destructive ego.
“I’m a big guy and I got a ego triple big as me, a very high temper and I make my mind very quickly,” he said. “Ego leads to frivolous things with women, drinking and drug abuse and a lot of things in the wrong direction if you’re not driving it. As an artist you get the girls, parties, smoking or drinking. So when I went into being my own boss I put away artist things. I think more critically about what will grow this brand. I had to learn patience is a virtue and to learn to build my mental and spiritual.”
Thanks to his new boss status, Killer Mike is also now more invested in rebuilding his family structure for future generations. This includes dealing with the pain stemming from his mother’s past battle with substance abuse.
“She was a great, young, business-oriented woman. But like many Black women in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, alcohol, drug abuse and flirting with that disease of addiction had crippled her for awhile,” Mike shared. “Since I couldn’t save her I grew hopeless. I grew back from her. In retrospect that was wrong. I had to let my wall down and not be afraid of being hurt. I had to step out on courage and say that this relationship was most important and not things she did.”
With full control of his career, the rapper finds himself making his 15- year-old son and 11-year-old daughter a greater part of his music.
“My son skateboards so we promote out there and talk about music. My daughter sings and I cut a demo with her and her friends,” Killer Mike explained. “Now that I am my own boss and have control over who is in the video and studio, who can and can’t drink, it’s easier for me to facilitate an environment that’s conducive to have them in the studio as opposed to hiding them in the studio.”
The proud papa has even strengthened his relationship with his grandmother and collaborated with her on a song.
“She sings, ‘My friends don’t treat me like they used to since I laid my burdens down.’ It was transformative for me to hear that ‘cause I was raised in church with her, and the lessons she tried to teach me over the years are coming to light,” said the rapper. “There are people who don’t treat me the same as they used to ‘cause I put down a lot of the petty beefs and a lot of the baggage I had. “
Even though not all of Killer Mike’s former friends understand the positive path he is walking, he remains confident and proud about his new direction in business and life.
“I’m trying to become the best Michael I can,” said Mike, “not only for business but to live and see the legacy I’m trying to build.”