The Power in Killer Mike’s Social Media

There’s a difference between caring and saying that you care. There’s a difference between action and talking shit. This line in 2017 is being increasingly blurred since you can now present yourself in whatever light you chose to the whole modern world. As artists, no matter what the argument is, at a certain level of popularity you have a civic responsibility towards your constituents.

 

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Someone will tweet or like a post on Facebook as a public way to distinguish where you lie, but no artist cares more about his country and hometown than Killer Mike. While he like the rest of us post our trivial yet entertaining exploits—videos of him smoking weed and talking about cars, reposted memes, concert footage and hella jewelry—these only accentuate the person behind the political action. Videos of him smoking weed on #420 will feature a comment about the legality of marijuana in Atlanta (which as of last night, the Atlanta City Council decriminalized jail penalties for less than an ounce of marijuana, and one cannot ignore the hours Mike put in on social media, telling us to check our nearest polling station, keeping those who didn’t watch the news updated);  he won’t post a simple post in opposition to Trump, he’ll screenshot a tweet from Ajamu Baraka explaining that hating Trump plays is de-politicization and that issues are more systemic; he’ll lead protests against racial profiling in local restaurants, tell you to come to the front line, be about this life with him.

 

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Another aspect that sets Killer Mike apart from his contemporaries is the attention he pays to his local community. Localness has become increasingly important in a climate of globalism, and Killer Mike knows that. Posts from his own barbershops and businesses in Atlanta, posts about the cheapness of homeownership in Atlanta, pushing black people who want to start a business and  family, these all prove his commitment to his community. This is much different than name-a-rapper tweeting about their support of a candidate during campaign season. He wants you to know you have options. He wants you to know that you matter and you have a voice. He’ll form an actual friendship with a candidate, not just send them money for their campaign.

 

Killer Mike knows every day is campaign season when we live in one of the richest countries and have one of the biggest rich-poor gaps in the world. He addresses this incessantly in his music and follows it up in his real life. In Hip Hop I think this is spectacular and all rap artists of a certain stature should follow his imprint. One of the biggest troupes is flaunting where you from, what set you rep, so like, if niggas care about the block, prove it.

 

 

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