Killer Mike has a history of defending gun ownership as self-protection is something important to him.
In a new interview with The Guardian, the Run The Jewels rapper said he’s a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, mainly because of America’s history of racism.
“I will never be against the second amendment,” he told the publication. “There’s no way that someone who represents a community that are only 60-odd years out of an apartheid should be willing to give a weapon back to the government, as the police choke you to death in the street and people just watch and film.”
Mike is also the son of a policeman, so he says he has sympathy for law enforcement but also says that his father discouraged him and his five sisters to not follow in his footsteps because the job was “too dangerous.” Additionally, he says police reform is very necessary.
“I have not seen a will to get rid of police as much as I’ve seen a want for police to be from the communities they’re policing and to be fair, rather than abusers of power,” he said to The Guardian. “We should be supporting the Police Athletic Leagues that deal with our young boys in particular before any trouble happens, more than we should be giving the police more rifles and bulletproof vests. The connection with the community is key.”
No Killer Mike interview is complete though without talking music. Interestingly, he was asked about his Hip Hop beginnings, which started when OutKast member Big Boi spotted him rapping while he studied at Morehouse College.
“Even though I won a Grammy, my grandma still complained that I didn’t bring her a degree,” Mike said of his collaboration with the Atlanta duo for their 2000 Grammy-winning album Stankonia. “Dropping out is one of my biggest regrets, but I’ve been given everything I’ve ever wanted in terms of being able to have a rap career, so I need to make it better for the people around me and the people that come after me.”
Read the full interview here.