After the dissolution of Aquemini Records and the unofficial hiatus of his benefactors OutKast, Killer Mike would find himself in major label purgatory in the subsequent years since the release of 2003’s Monster. While Mike would be lured to Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon imprint on Virgin Records, Killer Mike’s unofficial sophomore album, Ghetto Extraordinary, would languish on the shelf and fail to see an official release date. While technically recorded in 2005, Killer Mike would ultimately self-release the album as a free mixtape in 2008. Ghetto Extraordinary would find Mike developing a harder, more aggressive sound more in touch with the era’s trends in Southern trap and crunk music. While many of the album’s best songs would ultimately find homes on a few of Killer Mike’s official releases, Ghetto Extraordinary would develop a legacy as one of the great unreleased albums in hip-hop history.