I Like Mike
Killer Mike has plenty of career options available to him after he steps away from rap. The outspoken rapper and half of duo Run The Jewels could fall back into being a business owner and just focus on his barber shops. He could use his wit and past as a guest commentator to hit the speaking circuit. But it looks like Mike has other plans.
In the midst of a conversation about Drake’s call-out of a groping man at a Sydney concert, the Pledge series rapper revealed that he wants to get involved in politics on the local level and ensure a better future for children in his hometown. In short, Killer Mike wants to be School Board Representative Michael Render when he’s done killing microphones.
Let’s walk-through how Mike came to reveal this info.
First, a fan posted the viral video of Drake telling the man off, adding that Killer Mike and El-P were doing the same during their Lollapalooza set earlier this year. That led Mike to explain that he has a code for creeps.
“I announce that pretty regularly & I mean it. U touch a woman f*cked up them umma try n f*ck u the f*ck up on sight,” he said.
Another fan responded to this by asking Mike to run for office, to which he said that he already had it on his calendar.
“When I’m done rapping I’m gonna run for school board,” he wrote.
Though the school board would be Mike’s first political office, it wouldn’t be the first time he dove into politics. Even outside of Run The Jewels politically motivated tracks, Mike has stumped for causes he believes in.
The rappers were very vocal supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election. Mike in particular got behind the candidate, introducing him at campaign events and even interviewing him in a six-part video series.
I am here as a proponent for political revolution,” Mike said, by way of introducing Bernie at an Atlanta campaign rally. “I am here because working class and poor people deserve a chance at economic freedom … In my heart of hearts, in my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country.”
Outside of that, Mike has regularly appeared on cable news programs to talk about police brutality. He offers a nuanced portrait of the problem given that he has law enforcement officers in his own family.
“I’m angry, I’m hurt, I’m disgusted,” the rapper said on Hot 107.9 about the continued abuse of citizens by police. “I’m ashamed to be a part of this country … It is time to get angry and do something. It is time to prevent these abusers and these police who abuse the law.”
In that same interview, he encouraged disinvestiment and boycotting any corporations that failed to get behind the movement to end police brutality.
“You can go to your bank tomorrow and you can say ‘Until you as a corporation start to speak on our behalf, I want all my money. And I’m taking all my money to a citizen’s trust,'” he said.
What do you think? Would you vote for Killer Mike in your local elections? Do you think Representative Michael Render would be a blessing for the city of Atlanta? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.