During an interview at Rough Trade NYC, the Atlanta native explained how being classmates with Nudy's mother helped bring their "Act Up" collaboration to light. According to Mike, he felt that Nudy wouldn't want to work like an old rapper like him, but he wanted to at least try.
"So I'm chasing Nudy," he said. "Nudy's a street kid, right? He ain't got time to sit still for no 40-something-year-old rapper to be calling him, talking about, 'Will you feature on something that's gonna be on my deluxe?' Nudy's uncatchable!"
Killer Mike said he couldn't reach Nudy through the streets or through his manager. However, he completely forgot that he went to school with Nudy's mother.
"Nudy's mama went to school with me," Killer Mike said. "Nudy's mama said, 'What? Killer Mike's calling you for a feature? Yeah, you're gonna do that and you're not even gonna charge him.'"
Young Nudy's mother helped get the collaboration together for "ACT UP," the closing track on the deluxe edition of Michael.
Killer Mike released his first album in 10 years in June and it comes equipped with features by CeeLo Green, Young Thug, 6lack, Mozzy, Curren$y, and more. For the deluxe edition, Mike dropped four more original songs, bringing the total tracklist to 18.
"Michael was originally longer, and now we're starting to release the rest of it," Mike said in a statement. "These songs are some of my favorites from the album sessions, but we needed more time to get them the way we imagined them. We finished three of them in time to make the vinyl and one more for the digital."