During an interview at Rough Trade NYC on Sunday (September 17), the Southern Rapper discussed one of the standout cuts from the deluxe edition of Michael, which dropped earlier this this month. Apparently, the 48-year-old had to take a slightly unconventional route to land the a feature with Nudy.
“Nudy mama went to school with me,” he revealed while laughing. “Nudy mama said, ‘Killer Mike callin’ you for a feature? You gon’ do that and you ain’t even gonna charge him.’”
Watch Mike tell the hilarious story below:
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Last month, the Run The Jewels MC talked about JAY-Z’s reaction to his most recent album. The pair’s relationship began with their 2002 collab, “Poppin Tags,” though Hov is still tapping in to Mike’s music to this day.
The Atlanta native was a guest on Math Hoffa’s My Expert Opinion podcast in early August. While reflecting on his relationship with the Roc Nation mogul, he shared some praise that was sent his way by the Brooklyn native regarding Michael.
“I be tripping out now when I wake up, get up, moving around and see a text from him just out of nowhere,” he said. “Like, ‘Peace God. I see what you did. Just sending some encouragement your way.’ He’s still a very grounded, cool human being. I appreciate all the love and encouragement.”
He continued: “As I was making the record, we sent it to him early and he sent back some real positive notes. He sent back a great compliment. He was like, ‘It feels like I went to my cousin’s house and watched a movie.’ I was really honored. I think it was about a year ago he sent that comment. And we delivered.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, he shared how his feature on JAY-Z’s “Poppin Tags” even came about.
He explained: “I was on the tour bus with Outkast and Big [Boi] came and said, ‘Aye, Hov just called. He said he got this feature, “Poppin Tags.”‘ I told him, ‘I don’t think Dre really wanna do no features right now.’ He said, ‘No, I want the young boy, Killer Mike!’”
“Originally I was right behind Jay and if you hear it, they clipped it,” Mike also revealed. “I think they put Twista between us. Because I think I showed the fuck out.”