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Killer Mike performs his “MOTHERLESS” single LIVE via his Vevo Ctrl session

Killer Mike is a rapper, actor, and outspoken social activist from Atlanta, Georgia. Not long ago, Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, announced Mike as the next artist in their Original Content Series, Ctrl. Later, Killer Mike performed his “MOTHERLESS” single, featuring soul singer Eryn Allen Kane.

Killer Mike – “MOTHERLESS” (Live Session) | Vevo Ctrl

“My mama dead, my grandmama dead, to keep it honest, I get depressed and be feelin’ scared. You see, I wasn’t prepared and never will be. To think about your destiny, sometimes, it kills me. You won’t believe it, mama, I achieved it, mama. I turned these hatin’ a** people to believers, mama. A Black boy born to a teen mama, mama. Disregarded as a leader by his people, mama. If God set me back to normal to be next to you, I would gladly trade it all ‘cause I be missin’ you.” – lyrics

“MOTHERLESS” finds Killer Mike missing the experience of hugging and kissing his mother and grandmother. He also misses the knowledge and wisdom that they used to instill in him, but now, they are no longer here to guide him through his trials and tribulations. With a heavy heart, Killer Mike raps with passion, “Death will come like thief in night and steal your joy away. Have you asking, ‘God, why you forsake your boy, today?’ Is this a blessing or a curse, or just some other sh*t? No matter what, I’m numb as f*** ’cause I’m still motherless.”

In memory of OG Mama Niecy & Kim Yvette Glasper, an in-studio video of the remixed version features Robert Glasper and Eryn Allen Kane. The emotional song and visual find Killer Mike in a vulnerable state.

Killer Mike – “Motherless” featuring Robert Glasper, Eryn Allen Kane [Official Video]

“Two years ago, I was asked to get on ‘Black Superhero’ by Robert Glasper. The song was incredible, and he’d go on to win a Grammy for that album. My only regret was that we weren’t in the same room together when we made it. So, when talks of him remixing ‘MOTHERLESS’ came up it was a no-brainer, only this time we wanted to be in the studio together along with Eryn Allen Kane. Someone was smart enough to have cameras there capturing us making this tribute to my mother, Druzella Denise Clonts (a.k.a. OG Mama Niecy), and Rob’s mother, Kim Yvette Glasper. Performing this song is never easy. I wept every night on tour. The outpouring of emotions has been part of healing. To all those who belong to the Motherless Club, I pray this helps and to all those who are lucky enough to have their mothers, call them!” – Killer Mike explained

Vevo’s Ctrl series highlights the work of hard-hitting, cutting-edge musicians making an impact in today’s music scene – both emerging and established. These artists demand attention, and Vevo’s Ctrl shines a deserving spotlight. Killer Mike’s performance follows sessions from BIA, Flo Milli, LATTO, Common, 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Coi Leray, Kranium, and more.

“MOTHERLESS” is featured on Killer Mike’s latest album, MICHAEL.

Killer Mike – “MICHAEL” album

Killer Mike – “MICHAEL” deluxe album cover art

“MICHAEL” is Killer Mike’s first solo album in over a decade. The project features André 3000, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, 2 Chainz, 6LACK, Young Thug, Eryn Allen Kane, Jagged Edge, Mozzy, and more.

Killer Mike frequently addresses subjects such as police brutality and systemic racism through his lyrics, speeches, and interviews. Introduced to the world through his association with OutKast, Mike made his solo debut with the Billboard Top Ten-charting “Monster” in 2003. Since then, he has released albums and mixtapes while building up his résumé as an actor.


Vevo is the world’s leading music video network, connecting an ever-growing global audience to high-quality music video content for more than a decade. Founded by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in 2009, Vevo offers fans worldwide a vast array of premium content to choose from, showcasing official music videos alongside a constantly developing lineup of live performances and innovative original programming. From top superstars to rising new talents, Vevo brings incomparable cross-promotional support to artists across the musical spectrum, at every stage of their careers.

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