Killer Mike Shapes Up

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Killer Mike is on a mission. Now that he’s perfected his skills as an MC, established himself as a community activist, become an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization, evolved into a political dynamo intent on making a difference, and can juggle his responsibilities as a dedicated family man, the Run The Jewels juggernaut is focused on his health.

“I just don’t want to have gotten rich and die early,” he says matter-of-factly from his home in Atlanta. “I don’t want to die with someone humping on my fine ass wife while I’m [in] the grave.”

As of February 2023, Killer Mike has dropped somewhere between 40 to 50 pounds by watching what he eats, drinking lots of water, and hitting the gym with his trainer—but he has some serious goals.

“I’m looking to turn it up and hopefully by the end of the year, if I half-ass it, it will be 30 to 50 pounds, but if I get really disciplined it will be 50 to 100 pounds, so we’ll see,” he continues. “Either way, moving your body more, drinking more water, and eating better is good for you.”

Third grade was a pivotal year for the young Michael Render and he says he suddenly just “ballooned” up.

“My grandma used to take me shopping in the husky aisle,” he says with a laugh.

But his grandmother’s famous Southern cooking also thwarted any attempts at losing weight—simply put, it was just too good.

“My grandmother raised me, so of course your grandmother wants to overfeed you,” he says. “And my grandmother had like seven sisters, five of which were alive and still around, so I was everybody’s chubby little boy to feed. What I had to learn is if you’re going to eat your oxtails, you …

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Author: Kyle Eustice / High Times

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