In the wake of landing nominations in all three major rap categories (album, song and performance) of the GRAMMY Awards for his acclaimed 2023 album, MICHAEL, Killer Mike has collaborated with the iconic Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to reimagine his anthem of perseverance, “RUN.” Originally released on July 4, 2022, as the lead single from MICHAEL, “RUN” is a statement record about Black excellence in the face of systemic adversity and the intrinsic role Black people have had in shaping American culture and economy.
The new “RUN” (Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley version) is available on all DSPs now and provides a lens through which to understand the global resonance of the original’s theme. The Killer Mike and Damian Marley version arrives alongside a new music video starring both musicians, which they recently shot in Miami.
Killer Mike explains what “RUN” is all about:
“Hip Hop and Reggae are both People’s Music. People’s Music speaks for the salt of the earth, the worker class that toils and constitutes the masses, I am proud that Bob’s son and Denise’s son united the music, the vibes, and the diaspora to make this song for THE PEOPLE. Run To Glory Together! Love and Respect.”
MICHAEL was executive produced by No ID and released via Loma Vista Recordings, with a roster of features spanning multiple eras of rap, including Andre 3000, Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Curren$y, 6LACK, EL-P, Blxst, Eryn Allen Kane, and more. The album has been heralded as “a complex portrait of Southern Black masculinity” for its holistic portrayal of Michael’s come-up in Atlanta, an enriching and relatable working-class story of perseverance, responsibility, and community.
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