I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I only have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.— Killer Mike
The most off-limits Killer Mike quotes that will activate your desire to change
I love Dr. King, but violence might be necessary; Cause when you live on MLK and it gets very scary, You might have to pull your AK, send one to the cemetery.
People tend to think of gentrification in terms of race because it's presented that way, and I think it's presented that way because in poor cities that's what's really going on. Beyond that, I think it's presented that way as a way for the people who are really pushing it to make it just a black problem, so people don't care.
When you say you want to talk about racial justice, that`s not the same as I want to do something about racial justice. Saying I want to hold police accountable is doing something. Saying that I want to take money out of politics, big money, is doing something.
This is jazz, this is funk, this is soul, this is gospel This is sanctified sick, this is player Pentecostal. This is church front pew, Amen, pulpit, What my people need and the opposite of bullshit.
I would rather have a candidate that`s cohesive in bringing people together from different ethnic backgrounds but around the same policy than I would a politician that jumps and stumps in different rooms and has a different story every time.
Bernie Sanders has done a great job of, social media black kids know about him.
Young black people progressives know about him. Through barbershops and barbershop tour that we have been on, we hit three barbershops a day. People know about him.
I learned to fly planes at fifteen years old because one of my teachers thought I'd be a better pilot than rapper.
The futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system.
I`m lucky in that in my character in hip hop is me.
I`m Michael Render. My character is Killer Mike. But the truth that I sing in my raps align themselves with the policy of Bernie Sanders.
I just need the junkies and the liars and the thieves, I need the pimps, prostitutes and pushers out in the streets. That's where I'm seeking God, cause that's where He found me.
51 years ago, when Hillary Clinton was working on the Goldwater campaign, Bernie Sanders was getting locked up for my rights. 50 years later he`s talking about doing something and not talking.
I'm just seeing as I grow older, and hopefully wiser, that a lot of things I see from a race perspective are class problems too, so I should be advocating for all.
I would challenge more hip hop artists that are rapping about what it`s like to be real and the social ills that we face, if you aren`t backing Bernie Sanders, I have to question your credibility in terms of do you mean the songs you`re writing.
Will I die slain like my King by a terrorist? Will my woman be Coretta, take my name and cherish it? Or will she Jackie O., drop the Kennedy, remarry it?
Our feelings can be hurt, but you can take a yoga class, you can pray, you can play some basketball - you can figure out things for your hurt feelings.
My rap comes from a sociological standpoint rather than picking a particular side or dogma or ideology. I just want people to be free to do what they want, as long as they don't harm others.
When you talking about funk music you just talking about a collage of a lot of different types of music. They used strings, they had brass, they had vocalist.
I'm not one of those artists who doubts that they made dope-ass records.
From the first record to now, each record has gotten better. I started dope, so I've just gotten doper and doper and dopest and super dope.
When Bernie Sanders came along, and I liked his tweets and I read more about him, researched him more, I decided I like him and his policy, even more than just I like another guy in the Democratic Party, I really believed in it. And when you believe in something, you get out and work for it.
I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them.
The older I get, the more of an anarchist I become, and I don't mean in a punk rock way.
I think that`s the obstacle, because once black people hear Bernie Sanders policy, it`s almost instantaneous they switch. Hillary is good enough, but the policy of enough is enough that we`re going to radically change thinks really seizes with people.
I like his consistency, because Bernie Sanders talk - it boils down to the American people. His one thing is the American people.
God really exists, I tell you like this: It resides inside.
And anybody tell you different, Just selling you religion, Tryin' to keep your ass in line.
The freedom of speech and the freedom of press, it's just precious man, it really is.
What I am is an encourager. I encourage all who deserve freedom to fight for that. And if you can't win by yourself, then find other people to be in solidarity with.
I`ve never been a passive political supporter.
My grandmother, Betty Kleitz , god bless her soul, was from Tuskegee, Alabama, took parts in the civil rights movement and after that became of course like a lot of blacks in the South a staunch Democrat.
I like making mini-movies rather than just three-minute, place-the-champagne-here-for-sponsorship videos.
I'll always push for what I believe in.
That's what you're supposed to do. If you're an American, you're supposed to be part of the political process, especially if you've been denied it.
I love art. It really changes my mood and wakes me up.
I would say is that kids know about Bernie Sanders and they`re off the radar.
In the same way kids knew about Twitter before their parents did.
Most rappers are black men. If you're a black man, you owe something to the community that you came from. If you're rapping about the community that you came from, and you're romanticizing parts of it for the entertainment of people who don't look like you, you certainly owe something to the community.
As an artist, that's our job - to be with you in times of celebration and when the world is kicking your ass.
She [Hillary Clinton] knows the people well.
I think there is - you know, also talking about breaking down barriers and talking about that, whether we`re talking about that in economic terms. I mean, she`s the only person who has been out there talking about white privilege and talking about sort of the intersectionality of some of these issues.
If I go all the way politicized, I become a zealot who's not allowed to have fun with the people and the community that raised me. But if I go the other way, I become an ignoramus who isn't properly qualified to speak on my community's behalf.
I don't trust the church or the government, and anything the church or the government tells me I assume to be a lie or a conspiracy, until proven true.
Ninety-eight percent of blacks voted for President Obama.
That means these people are tied to that political party in a way that's different from other groups of people. Certain rappers always want to represent the Democratic side because they know that's safe and that's what represents their community. I tend to just do what I feel is right by all people.
As entertainers, you're afraid [about] loss of income - but if other people start going to jail for free speech, then we've lost this great thing that America is, and I'd like to keep that.
With each new album: I need to kill the last version of me.
I don't think I'm more politically-based as much as socially-based.
I don't accept the term 'political rapper' because I don't give a damn about either political party. I give a damn about the people.
I would just encourage everybody to just talk your opinion more, allow other people and fight for other people to [express theirs].
You'll always see me at a political rally and the black strip club;
I'm gonna represent smoking weed and supporting Trayvon Martin on my record, because I'm a whole man.
I feel worn down as a human being who has to constantly justify their existence to other human beings because I'm a minority
The press has not done a fair job of exposing his [Bernie Sanders] policy.
He has not had the television time that he deserves or that Hillary Clinton has. He has not had the ability to connect with black people in the mass way.
It's drones over Brooklyn, you blink, you could get tooken, And now you're understanding the definition of 'Crooklyn.' Pigs on parade, but bacon fryin' and cookin', Cause kids' tired of dyin' and walkin' round like they shooken.
Being a black rapper is like being a Southern, socialite woman: You're always worried about appearances.
The motivation to me is to make money and not be dependent upon the shallow pool called the entertainment world or the rap world or the hip-hop world.