On Run the Jewels’ “Banana Clipper”, Killer Mike describes himself as “eloquent as the president.” Over the past year, he’s backed that up. He discussed race relations during a lecture at MIT, gave an emotional speech in the aftermath of the Ferguson verdict, and hung out with Ariana Huffington at this year’s White House Correspondents dinner. It almost seems inevitable that’d he’d run for public office. Well, now it’s actually happening.
Earlier today, Mike shared an image on Instagram of himself with the words “Vote Michael Render. If I win we win.” In the caption he encouraged voters to write in his (birth) name for state representative of Georgia’s 55th district. He also followed up with a tweet reiterating his message.
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In Atlanta Georgia there will be special election tomorrow for District 55. Former state representative Tyrone Brooks no longer sits in the seat. I would like as many people as possible to go to the polls and write in Michael Render. Why because if I win we win. Thank you now go vote 🇺🇸
Update: In a follow-up post, Mike said he is ineligible for this year’s election, but plans to run in the future. “In [Georgia] I wud have to officially enter as a ‘write in’ vs being an Actual Write in (those are the breaks) but, I really felt it important to draw attention to this race. We have BIG Problems in education, schools and prison reform in Ga and I I wanna see change.”
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I can't run 😞 BUT 😀 For the folks that were willing to Write in #MichaelRender Thank U so Much. I am gonna run one day and WE WILL WIN. However in Ga I wud have to officially enter as a "write in" vs being an Actual Write in (those are the breaks) but, I really felt it important to draw attention to this race. We have BIG Problems in education, schools and prison reform in Ga and I I wanna see change. I wanna see Yall active in Local politics. The fact that ya'll are willing to support me shows change is possible and while I run around rapping with @thereallyrealelp doing #RunTheJewels for the next few yrs I want ya'll to get & stay active and Run for office! We need more New and fresh ideas & people! Now Tomorrow yall choose between two sisters, a Junior & a white indie (really republican and I'm cool with that too if he does the job so give him a look) I suggest yall Google them read up tonight and GO VOTE tomorrow! I will Run In the Future and We Will Win! Love and Respect Michael Render #Vote #District55 #TomorrowInGeorgia #DontWriteMeInYet #IwannaKeepRapping #MyWifeStillLikesStripClubs #MyOGwantMeToRunDoe #GetAvtive #ChangePolitics #ISeeICanRunAndIWillOneDay #ThankYall make sure yall watch me on #TheNightlyShow with Larry Wilmore at 11:30 est. 🇺🇸 #GoVote
Ever since Run The Jewels 2 dropped last year, Render has been on a winning streak. So who’s to say he won’t win this one too?
Update – June 16th, 12:00 p.m.: Killer Mike appeared as a panelist on Comedy Central’s Nightly Show last night to discuss the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal and the idea of defining blackness.
Below, watch a breakdown of Killer Mike’s song “Willie Burke Sherwood” in a recent edition of “Rap Lyrics with Miss Staskel.”