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SEE: Rap + Reggae | Killer Mike and Damian Marley – “Run”

  • December 14, 2023
  • 2 min read
SEE: Rap + Reggae | Killer Mike and Damian Marley – “Run”

Killer mike, Damian Marley, rap, reggae, hip-hop, run

In the wake of landing nominations in all three major rap categories (album, song + performance) of the Grammy Awards for his acclaimed 2023 album MICHAEL, Killer Mike has collaborated with the iconic Damian “Jr Gong” Marley to reimagine his anthem of perseverance, “RUN”. Originally released on July 4, 2022 as the lead single from MICHAEL, “RUN” is a statement record about Black excellence in the face of systemic adversity and the intrinsic role Black people have had in shaping American culture & economy. The new  “RUN (Damian Marley version),” available on all DSPs now, provides a lens through which to understand the global resonance of the original’s theme. The version arrives alongside a new music video starring both musicians that they recently shot in Miami.

“Hip Hop and Reggae are both People’s Music. People’s Music speaks for the salt of the earth, the worker class that toils and constitutes the masses,” states Mike. “I am proud that Bob’s son and Denise’s son united the music, the vibes, and the diaspora to make this song for THE PEOPLE. Run To Glory Together! Love and Respect.”

SEE the “RUN (Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley Version)” video

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MICHAEL was executive produced by No ID and released via Loma Vista Recordings, with a roster of features spanning multiple eras of rap, including Andre 3000, Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Curren$y, 6LACK, EL-P, Blxst, Eryn Allen Kane, and more. The album has been heralded as “a complex portrait of Southern Black masculinity” for its holistic portrayal of Michael’s come up in Atlanta, an enriching and relatable working class story of perseverance, responsibility, and community. Even before the Grammy nods (and Charlamagne Tha God’s assessment on Brilliant Idiots this past week that it should win Rap Album of the Year) Mike and the album have been a cultural fixture throughout the year, with previous accolades including two BET Awards nominations for “SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS” (in the IMPACT TRACK and SWEET 16 FEATURED VERSE categories) as well as year end accolades from New York Times, Billboard, Esquire and more, amid appearances on Kelly Clarkson, The Breakfast Club, Sway in the Morning, Idea Generation, and many, many more.

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