It was only a matter of time until Killer Mike entered the political arena himself.
After years of sharing his concerns about America in his music, the Atlanta rapper has used larger media platforms like print, live TV appearances and college lectures to share his thoughts on police brutality, racism and injustice. On Instagram and Twitter earlier today, he made his formal announcement to be a write-in candidate to represent District 55 in Georgia’s House of Representatives. Killer Mike (real name Michael Render) will face seven other candidates vying for the spot with six of them running as democrats.
The reason for the election comes after District 55 representative Tyrone Brooks resigned after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Interestingly, Render isn’t claiming Democrat or Republican, either. Independent as always.
After you tell your friends in Atlanta to write Render in, be sure to catch him on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore tonight at 11:30 EST.
UPDATE: Killer Mike went on Instagram again to say he can't legally run tomorrow, but gave a heartfelt response to his fans. Watch it below.
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
A video posted by Killer Mike (@killermikegto) on Jun 15, 2015 at 5:52pm PDT