For those that don't know, a few years ago my girl DJ Camille worked on an album with Killer Mike & the talented production duo Beat Bullies. It never saw the light of day, but resulted in a lasting friendship with them all.
We were fortunate enough to be around during the creation of the 3rd Volume in Killer Mike's Pledge series, which was released a few weeks ago. I bought the CD the day it dropped & haven't taken it out of my player since. In this day of disposable albums fueled by a few singles, "Mike Bigga" delivers a complete album with a high replay value. If you haven't heard it yet, I suggest you do that ASAP!
Being from the North & spending the last 16 years down South, I have a unique perspective on Hip-Hop. Since I left NY my tastes have definitely changed, but hearing this CD took me on a trip down memory lane. If you are unfamiliar with Killer Mike, the best way I could describe him is the Dirty South version of Ice Cube. His knowledge goes way beyond bars & beats. He sees what is going on in the world & isn't afraid to share his opinion. Pl3dge has that same raw energy as O'Shea Jackson did on his first few albums & that is something that has definitely been missing from Hip-Hop lately.
One day, Camille & I were at Stankonia Studios while Mike was working on Pl3dge & I had the chance to make a small contribution to the final product. He was in need of some sound effects on a few songs and one of them made the final cut. On the Gucci Mane assisted track "Animal", I provided the elephant & leopard growls, which help add some extra energy to this already crunk track.