But his humane, emotionally wrenching speech about why protests against police brutality had boiled over — and his mixed emotions as the son of an Atlanta police officer — became a defining moment in the protests. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. But before any of those measures could take place, the June 12 killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police — caught on camera shooting the year-old in the back — once again threw the city into turmoil. Was any place actually a refuge? Could all this momentum for change actually stick?
Michael Santiago Render, known to the world as the Atlanta rapper Killer Mike , is half of the so-chaotic-it-works rap duo Run the Jewels , whose excellent fourth effort, RTJ4 , debuted last week. The lyrics appear prescient, given what is now happening in the world. But they also feel like an appropriate condemnation of those responsible for not doing more to stop systemic racism. They reflect not only the disproportionate dangers of police violence against black people — they also warn white people, many of whom are now taking to the streets to say that black lives matter, about how their own apathy to black plight will eventually be chickens coming home to roost. The 50 Best Albums of So Far. Plus, he discusses the things that give him hope in what may seem like a hopeless time. Newswire Powered by. Close the menu.
Michael Santiago Render born April 20, , better known by his stage name Killer Mike , is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and activist. He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist. In December , Mike signed to fellow Atlanta-based rapper T. In , he released R. Music , produced entirely by American rapper and producer El-P. Killer Mike and El-P subsequently formed a duo in , branding themselves Run the Jewels ; the duo was signed to Fool's Gold Records and released their self-titled debut in June of that year. Mike is also known as a social and political activist, focusing on subjects including social inequality , police brutality , and systemic racism.
No one, except someone who has been Mormon can understand how deep the hooks are sunk into the Mormon psyche. But actions speak louder than words. I didn't even believe.