Michael Render, publicly known as Killer Mike, is a husband, father, activist, businessman and GRAMMY Award-winning artist. He is as synonymous with Atlanta as the iconic brands, Coca-Cola and The Varsity. Raised in the Adamsville/Collier Heights neighborhood on the Northwest side of the city, Render made a name for himself as an activist well before he ever recorded a single song. He was raised by his grandfather, a union member, and grandmother, a civil rights activist, meaning being socially and politically active came naturally.
After releasing their third, self-titled album in 2017—the first to top Billboard Magazine’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart—Killer Mike and his partner El-P toured with Lorde over a 15-month span. In addition to wowing audiences with his lyrical genius, Render spoke passionately about suicide and suicide prevention. His remarks further endeared favor with fans across the world.
Despite his massive success and popularity, Render has always maintained a humble nature. He is a man of the people in the truest sense. When he isn’t performing to sold-out venues, Render is often found at his SWAG Barbershops on Roosevelt Highway, Edgewood Avenue and soon, Phillips Arena. He is a devoted husband to Shana Render, and the proud father of Malik, Aniyah, Pony Boy and Mikey.