Having long been one of the more conscious and politically aware emcees in the game, Killer Mike has decided to take his message a step further than the music he’s known for.
On Monday, June 15, the rapping half of the heralded Run The Jewels duo announced via Instagram that he’s running as a write-in candidate for state representative in Georgia’s District 55.
Mike, who is asking voters to write in his real name of Michael Render, is seeking to win the seat of the recently resigned Tyrone Brooks, who pleaded guilty to a number of charges including mail, tax, and wire fraud.
Having been a sought after lecturer who has penned thorough and informative op-ed pieces on race and politics, the 40 year old rapper issued the following statement:
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.
See the post below:
Though we’d love to see Killer Mike work to fix the system from the inside, he may have some polishing up to do to navigating the political terrain. Take for instance his response to Huffington Post writer Sam Stein when asked about political stance:
We will keep you posted on the results of the election.