Killer Mike Honors Grandmother with 'Exit 9' on 'Colbert'

Rapper's Grammy Win Overshadowed by Controversial Incident.

by Nouman Rasool
Killer Mike Honors Grandmother with 'Exit 9' on 'Colbert'
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In a recent captivating performance on "The Late Show," famed Atlanta rapper Killer Mike mesmerized his audience with "Exit 9," a song off of his Grammy-winning 2023 album "Michael." It was a poignant delivery, dedicated to his grandmother, Betty—an emotive touch to a career that has enjoyed numerous highs.

"Exit 9" delves into the meditative and confessional mix of current triumphs for Killer Mike, as juxtaposed to his earlier tribulations, or so it seemed, a story of resilience and unwavering ambition. The introspective nature of the track was further brought into limelight through the live accompaniment of DJ Trackstar and harmonizing Midnight Revival Choir.

Almost this intimate presence in a space filled with people who knew one built to the resonating a cappella finale, musing on the rapper's humble beginnings in life to the stardom he had acquired.

Killer Mike's Grammy Triumph

Killer Mike, whose real name is Michael Render, scored three Grammy awards earlier in the month.

These were his first standalone awards, the one being Best Rap Album for "Michael," and another for Best Rap Song and Rap Performance for "Scientists and Engineers." It was a bittersweet day as the victory came under a cloud with the appearance of footage showing Render being handcuffed outside the arena on suspicion of an altercation.

According to Rolling Stone, a law enforcement source said this was a case involving a security guard who was validating tickets and an altercation before it ended with Render being taken into custody on misdemeanor charges for battery.

Render, however, denies these allegations categorically and has all belief that he will be free from the accusations. He attributes this misunderstanding to confusion and over-zealousness in security. Render also took to "The View" to talk over the incident, emphasizing that the backstage areas are wild more so when the high-ranking events are ongoing.

He compared his sufferings as one of the tribulations of his idols like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Medgar Evers and kept his dignity with him all throughout the ordeal.