News: Killer Mike Drops Deadly Rap Alias, "You Can't Get Corporate Sponsorship W/ That"

Monday, Sep 21, 2009 4:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Southern rapper Killer Mike recently revealed his decision to change his rap name to Mike Bigga in an effort to open himself up to future business possibilities.

According to Mike, the rapper had plans to switch his rap alias prior to today's announcement.

'I wanted to do it for a long time,' Mike said in an interview. 'I love how smart the hip-hop fans are and they say 'Man, this guy is dope. Why he so slept on.'  Then, it always be a comment under there that be like 'I don't suppose the name Killer Mike be holding him back? You can't get corporate sponsorship with that.'  I'm going with the name Mike Bigga because I really feel like I'm bigger than what I have been in the past and I've managed to get legendary status from being a raw rap guy in terms of being able to come out of the shadows of the hardships I've had... I've become my own boss in a bigger partnership with Grind Time Official and Grand Hustle now and I'm just on to bigger and better things..." (All Hip Hop)

Atlanta, Georgia-based emcee B.o.B. decided to change his name earlier this year.

"Now I go by the name of Bobby Ray because I'm really going in a new direction musically more free," B.o.B. explained. "I feel like I was trying. Now I'm just doing it with the music I'm doing now...I don't feel like I've been doing that. I don't feel like I've been trying to fit in, but I feel even more free-spirited. I have more willingness musically. That's all I'm about. I'm about guitars, chords an keyboards." (MTV)

Name changes have also had an effect on New York rappers like Uncle Murda who switched his alias to Uncle M.

"It's just about getting me out everywhere," Murda said in an interview. "You'll definitely still get the same hardcore music because that's my life. But you gotta understand, Uncle Murda, well, probably the 'Murda' will never get [to retail stores] that I need. All this will scare the money away just for certain things just when you hear like 'Uncle Murda.' That's me, I done stamped that already...We trying to get some money...The content of music is still going to be the same, you still gonna get Uncle Murda, but we gonna talk to the ladies -- because I do like to have fun. Everything ain't about murder when it comes to me and my life. I'm not shooting or killing 24/7. That's not going down everyday." (Mixtape Monster)

Killer Mike is most known for his collaborations alongside OutKast.

Outkast associate Killer Mike earned his own hit in 2003 with "A.D.I.D.A.S." He debuted two years earlier on "The Whole World," from the greatest-hits Big Boi and Dre Present...Outkast. After signing to Columbia, his first single "A.D.I.D.A.S.," hit the pop charts in March 2003, and the subsequent album, Monster, debuted in the Top Ten. (All Music)

Check out a recent Killer Mike video below:

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