Michael Santiago Rendor, also known as Killer Mike, is a member of the political rap group Run the Jewels.
The antisemitic, anti-Black, misogynistic dribble of Yeezus is tiring. It's boring according to writer Damon Young. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be addressed, but it is something that has been done before. He thinks he is a prophet. He makes a mistake for that of a genius and uses his platform to preach his hate. This is not the first time we've seen this. This hate has been going on for a long time. It is a well-worn path. The Chicago rapper is either a Pentecostal preacher who lost his way or a Black Israelite who wrote his own Bible.
Either way, West's megaphone is always used to invidious indictments against black people. His voice is dangerous and nauseating. He has a stream of rants that are divisive.
The famed music producer has turned into an outlier yelling from the balcony to resuscitate his relevance and career because of his inflammatory statements about slavery and the holocaust. He is asignorable for the same reasons as the self-proclaimed non-reading Ye. He doesn't know. He doesn't know what he's talking about A Texan would say that he was all hat and no cattle.
Michael Santiago Rendor, also known as Killer Mike, is one half of the political rap group, Run the Jewels. He is complex and enigmatic. He is much riskier than Ye.
Ye's rants are as divisive as they are nonsensical.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was praised by Killer Mike for running an effective campaign. Kemp attended an all-Black boys school that was run by a conservative black man. Kemp reached out to the Black community even though he tried to prevent them from voting.
In regards to Kemp's opponent, Killer Mike implied that she needs to go "everywhere Mr. Kemp just went." He doesn't seem to know thatAbrams is a member of the Black community She doesn't have to go to the community she's in. He is so dangerous because of what he has done. He wants to be a Black voice of reason instead of a shill for the Republicans. She was forced to answer despite the fact that it wasn't a concern.
The manufactured crisis is designed to suppress turnout in the Black community, according to the author. I am excited about the engagement that we are seeing. Every election cycle there has to be some worry and in this case it is a worry that is being manufactured.
It is always an opportunity to get to know one another. I don't take voting blocs for granted. I'm not entitled to a single vote that I don't earn.
A term used in the Black community to describe one's opponent was used to describe Killer Mike. Photos of him and Kemp were posted.
The danger of Killer Mike's politics is that he is in the field. The work is being done to mobilize. He is as damaging to his legacy as Kemp is when he is legitimized. It is concerning not knowing where the Atlanta rapper is headed. It appears duplicitous if we stop working with him. A loquacious Black man with a platform prop up someone who wants to undermine the work of the civil rights leaders before him. It's more dangerous than anything Ye could do.
The rise of Killer Mike as a voice in politics came to a head in the year 2004. He stood in solidarity with the Ferguson protesters, who were still in the middle of the uprising after the shooting of Michael Brown. Killer Mike said that his thoughts and prayers were with those who couldn't hold their anger in because "riots are only the language of the unheard"
You kicked me on my ass because I have a 20-year-old son and a 12-year-old son and I'm afraid for them.
The excerpt from the show was shared many times. As a voice, Killer Mike was all over the radio. He called on Americans to hold their elected officialsaccountable. Cops should be prosecuted for their crimes, he said. He was loved by the street, the media, and the left. Something happened. The words didn't seem as passionate as they could have been. It felt like Killer Mike had stopped being a murderer. Mike was an accountant who didn't understand violence after a police kill. He was the person who was called by the Atlanta mayor to tell the rioters to leave.
He told reporters in 2020 that he was mad after the murder of George Floyd. I want to see the world burn down because I am tired of seeing black men die.
He told people not to burn their house down for anger with an enemy. In times of organization, it is your duty to fortify your house so that you can be a house of refuge.
He said that now is the time to plan and organize.
He told the protesters, "If we lose Atlanta, what else are we going to get?"
He has had a change in tone and approach recently. The change of Killer Mike has been gradual. He is an orator of history and not just a reader of books. The owner of the barbershop is telling the young people to vote.
In a documentary about his barbershops, Killer Mike said that working-class men can't join a social club because they can't afford it.
For all of his communal, grassroots efforts and talk, Killer Mike was highly criticized in 2020 when he agreed to meet with the biggest problem facing Black people in Georgia: Kemp.
Georgia Gov.Brian Kemp has been accused of suppressing the Black vote in the state.
Kemp has been working hard to suppress the Black vote. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that while Kemp didn't order the closing of polling sites, he did encourage them and created guidelines for how to do it.
Kemp tried to keep Blacks from voting in the election in order to prevent the first black female governor in America from taking office. It was a strong-armed robbery.
There were so many voting sites that a judge ordered several to extend their voting hours. People struggled to cast their votes during that election.
Voters in Georgia were forced to use paper ballots because of technical problems. Some people were in line for more than four hours. In another location, the voting machines ran out of battery power because they didn't have power cords.
Hundreds of people showed up to vote that day, but their right to vote was denied. More than one million people have been removed from the voter rolls. He suspended 53,000 voter registration applications because their forms were not an exact match to the government database.
It was weird for Killer Mike to meet with the enemy of the black vote. Papa Smurf met up with Gargamel. The Avenger was having a conversation with the villain. Someone tried to make Jeffrey Dahmer their internet boyfriend after watching that show.
Georgia's Republican governor Kemp seemed to be a principled human being when Killer Mike talked to him. The photo was taken for the operation hope.
Kemp would be Killer Mike's mortal enemy if he actually promoted Black progress. Kemp would be his last friend. The Impaler of the Black Vote and Killer Mike sat together.
"I feel like that was the first meeting of many, and I look forward to sitting down again and assessing our progression because I want this state to be the most progressive, most money-making, the most educating, the most wonderful, dynamic state in the union," Killer Mike said after
I'm a southerner more than anything. I'm black. I was raised in a city that was usually Democratic. My state is usually conservative. I connected with him very quickly as a southern man. He seemed to be a principled human being when I talked to him.
I don't blame you if you don't understand what Killer Mike is talking about. If I can explain it, let me do it. White men have been the ruling class of the South for a long time. The rapper doesn't have a problem with Kemp's policies or politics. Kemp seems to have principles that include making it hard for black Georgians to vote.
Kemp said he wanted to go to a barbershop owned by Killer Mike. If you thought the marriage between the outspoken wordsmith and Kemp was odd, how about the interview he did with Herschel Walker?
One of Walker's most fluid interviews was done with Killer Mike. Walker was given talking points, according to some. I don't blame you if you wonder when Killer Mike became the arbiter of inroads for Republicans looking for Black support. Strange bedfellows are made by politics.
Killer Mike uses his voice and platform to hurt people. A man who raps about the death of Eric Garner makes nice with Kemp while hurting the woman who helped save America from a second Trump presidency. That is more dangerous than a racist rant from a rapper who seems to have turned his life around.
The article was first published on HuffPost.