The Roots MC, who was also nominated for Best Rap Performance with “Love Letter,” demonstrated that he’s a team player on Monday (February 5) by extending his congratulations to Mike, who emerged victorious in the category.
“Honored to have been recognized by the @recordingacademy for a solo effort that allowed me to express my love for this thing we call Hip-Hop,” he wrote. “Thank you to my partners at @BET and @bennyboom for helping create ‘Love Letter.’ Congrats to @killermike for taking it home. Hip-Hop wins again!”
The night before, Big Boi celebrated his “brother” by acknowledging Killer Mike’s impressive sweep of every category he was nominated for.
“Congrats @KillerMike on sweeping all 3 nominations… yes sir ! Proud of you brother [spaceship emoji],” the OutKast rapper wrote on Twitter.
Fellow ATLien 2Chainz also showed love on Instagram, writing: “Congrats to @killermike on having album of the year at the Grammys and on achieving this goal[exclamation emoji] im happy and blessed to be apart of it [one-hundred emoji, blue heart emojis].”
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) February 4, 2024
It was a momentous night for Killer Mike, who scored three Grammys Awards at the annual ceremony. In addition to winning Best Rap Album for Michael (which was also crowned the Best Rap Album of 2023 by HipHopDX), his song “Scientists & Engineers” featuring André 3000, Future and Eryn Allen Kane, won the awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
When receiving his trophy, Mike said: “This is for all the people who think you’re too old to rap … we keep Hip Hop alive. Never ever stop doing what you do.”
However, celebrations took an unexpected turn when reports surfaced that the rapper had been taken into police custody and escorted out of the venue in handcuffs during the ceremony. The arrest is alleged to be the result of an altercation involving the Southern MC and a security guard.
“We hit a speed bump, and then we head back to the party,” Mike said, who phoned into The Big Tigger Show the following morning to address the situation.
The 48-year-old was otherwise reluctant to address the incident during the interview, preferring instead to concentrate on his victories.
“Three Grammys, 20 years in the game, 48 years old,” he said of himself. “Beat out everybody in the thing. He beat the best of the best, so all you could say is, he one of the best. The best album in the 50th year of Hip Hop came from Atlanta, Georgia, from a man who will be 50 years old in three years.”
Killer Mike’s last Grammy victory came 21 years ago for his featured verse on OutKast‘s “The Whole World,” which won Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.