Local Grammy-winning artist Mike Bigga, formerly known as Killer Mike, will be mentoring a young Athens musician on MTV’s “Made” in an episode scheduled to air at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 24.
In the episode, Bigga turns James Padgett into rapper JZP to help build up his confidence in himself and constructively battle bullying.
Bigga brings a couple of Grammy Award‐winning friends to help: Big Boi of Outkast and Chamillionaire.
According to his press release, Bigga is a “community activist and youth advocate who attended Morehouse College, Bigga is signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records label. His latest album, Pl3dge, is scheduled for a spring release.”
In an interview, Bigga said Padgett was a victim of cyber-bullying. Bigga helped Padgett create raps not only about “girls and ballin’ ” but about issues Padgett cares about like alternative energy. This helped improve Padgett’s standing at his high school and build his confidence. Bigga admitted he was a bit of a bullying presence at Frederick Douglass High School at one point but his principal and several teachers turned him around and he ended up going to Morehouse College.
In November, Bigga refuted a lawsuit claiming he was involved beating and taking hostage a studio engineer over a missing gold chain.
Bigga, whose real name is Mike Render, said he changed his name from Killer Mike in 2009 to Mike Bigga because he wanted something that sounded less threatening and more positive for youth. But he wondered why a rock group can be called The Killers and get no flak, yet as a black man, he was criticized for being called Killer Mike.
He is interested in politics and plans to run for a city council post someday.
Here’s a trailer to the episode:
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog