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Michael Santiago Render, Adamsville, Georgia, USA. An uprising of rappers against the watered down and predictable state of hip-hop took hold in the early twenty-first century, as artists such as Killer Mike set out to bring the genre back to its roots. Render was turned onto rap at an early age by his mother, who exposed her son to early groundbreaking artists. By the time Render heard Run-DMCs Rock Box at the tender age of nine, he instantly knew that he wanted to become a MC himself, and began partaking in local freestyling competitions with rival rappers. In the mid-90s, he was confident in his skills enough to form a crew, the Slumlordz, who pressed up and distributed their own tapes. A brief stint in college failed when Renders desire to launch a rap career proved to be too great, and as a result, a buzz began to spread around Atlanta about his skills.
Killer Mike had come to the attention of Outkasts Big...