Killer Mike has sold its entire catalog of songs under a new publishing deal with Reservoir Media.
As Billboard reports, the deal will see the independent publisher take a sizable stake in the discography of Run The Jewels – the rap duo of Mike and El-P – as well as songs from the artist’s solo projects.
In a statement on the new deal, Killer Mike said, “A great publisher is a major key to success, and I’m excited to embark on this phase of my career with the dynamic team at Reservoir.”
Faith Newman, Executive Vice President of A&R and Catalog Development at Reservoir, added, “Killer Mike has been an integral part of hip-hop for decades, and his past hits and upcoming music continue to push the boundaries and to address deeply significant topics.
“Artists and visionaries of his caliber don’t come around often, and we’re grateful to be the publishing house of such a forward-thinking creator.”
Killer Mike has released four studio albums with Run The Jewels, the latest in the form of “RTJ4” of 2020.
The Atlanta rapper has also released five solo records: ‘Monster’ (2003), ‘I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind’ (2006), ‘I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II’ (2008), ‘PL3DGE’ (2011) and ‘RAP Music’ (2012).
Additionally, he has collaborated with Jay-Z, Outkast, TI, and Big Boi during his career.
Killer Mike’s new contract comes after numerous acts by veterans, including Bob Dylan, Stevie NicksChristine McVie and Bruce Springsteen – have parted ways with their publishing catalogs for large payments in recent years.
Earlier this week, Keith Richards said the Rolling Stones had no plans to follow suit. “The one thing about selling your catalog…it’s a sign of aging,” he said in an interview on CBS this morning.
“Mick and I haven’t talked about it seriously. I don’t know if we’re ready to sell our catalog.
Earlier this year, Killer Mike contributed to Robert Glasper’s latest studio effort, “Black Radio III”. He appears on the track ‘Black Superhero’ alongside BJ The Chicago Kid and Big KRIT.