This is what happens when politics and rap collides. We’ve seen it first hand. We’ve watched Barack Obama receive innumerable hands of support during his 2008 campaign. From Jay Z to Diddy, Barack was approved by every big name in the industry. Now, with his term ready to conclude in 2016, hip hop appears to be leaning on a new man to lead the way.
During a rally in Atlanta on Monday, Killer Mike endorsed Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders. “Hotlanta feels the Bern.”
“I’m not here to talk about benevolent politicians that are going to come and save the day for you,” he said. “I’m not here to talk about a dream that we think is unattainable so we settle for less. I’m not here to talk about a Utopian society where everyone is forgiven and no one has to pay for past debts… I have no time in my short 40 years on this earth to relive the Reagan years. I have no desire to see us elect our own Margaret Thatcher. I am here as a proponent of a political revolution that says healthcare is a right of every single person. I’m here because working class and poor people deserve a chance at economic freedom, and if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be in poverty.”
“I believe it because he, unlike any other candidate, said, ‘I would like to restore the Voting Rights Act.’ He, unlike any other candidate, said, ‘I would like to end this War On Drugs that disproportionately targets minorities.’ Unlike any other candidate in my life, he says that education should be free for every citizen.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Killer Mike is leaning on the side of Bernie. The political rapper has had his hands in Ferguson, took a stand on the Eric Gardner case by penning a piece for Billboard, and also attempted to place his hat in the running as a representative for the House of Representatives in Georgia.
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