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Killer Mike is a rap legend at this point and for his upcoming new album, he recruited another legend to join in. When the rapper revealed the track list of the record old school hip hop fans zeroed in on the rare opportunity to hear former Outkast member and Atlanta hip-hop legend André 3000. But as it turns out the collab almost ended up scrapped and was saved by a pretty surprising name.

In a video posted to his Instagram, Killer Mike tells the story of how the song almost never came to be. “He called me, he’s like, ‘Kill, I don’t know about the song, man,” Mike explains. But once André heard the final cut he seemed to change his mind. “I sent it over with Eryn’s hook and stuff. He hit back with, ‘Yeah, yeah, you got the record. Who is that?!’” The voice he heard was Eryn Allen Kane who appears a few times on the record. She’s also lent her voice to artists like Chance The Rapper, Noname, and JID.

Killer Mike Tells A Story

Killer Mike’s new album is his first solo project in over a decade and it comes out later this month. Since his last solo outing, he’s released four albums alongside producer and collaborator El-P as Run The Jewels. Their last project RTJ4 came out back in 2020 but Mike has been releasing singles from his new record since last year. One of those singles, “RUN,” featured a verse from the currently incarcerated Young Thug.

Mike is going on tour later this summer and last month he filled in for Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra when they had to pull out of Shaky Knees Music Festival at the last minute. His upcoming collab with André 3000 won’t be the first time the pair have linked up for a song. Killer Mike actually makes an appearance on Outkast’s legendary 2000 album Stankonia. He raps alongside J-Sweet on the track “Snappin’ & Trappin’.” His new album Michael is set to drop next week on June 16th. Let us know in the comments if you’re excited about what Mike and André have coming soon.