Killer Mike shared an impassioned message with fans Friday, urging voters to "stay the fuck home" if their choices on the ballot this Tuesday weren't able to offer progressive stances on a variety of issues. The Atlanta artist, who recently dropped the first Run the Jewels 3 single alongside El-P, has remained a prominent voice in the forthcoming election since supporting Bernie Sanders in the primaries.
"Black Voters in states like Georgia this is your chance to MAKE A DEMAND and have it met! [sic]" Killer Mike wrote on Instagram Friday. "Don't remain a pasty and pet simply doing what u are told [sic]." Among the issues Killer Mike says are in need of immediate attention by prominent local and national leaders are marijuana decriminalization, federal prosecution for cops who kill civilians, and federal support (including land grants) for black farmers:
Many criticized Killer Mike for attempting to discourage voter turnout; however, he clarified his position in a video he shared via Instagram on Sunday. In the post, the rapper insists he is voting, and that people should have their voices heard when it comes to local government.
“You should vote—locally,” he said. “Who are your judges? Who are your prosecutors? Who’s handling sanitation? Who are your senators? [...] Get out and vote. I’m just saying, when you vote, ask for something back […] So go vote. Now all my so-called Democratic, progressive friends can stop calling me scared as fuck. I still love you all, and hopefully we will smoke legal weed one day.”
Check out the full video below.
Back in August, TMZ caught up with Killer Mike at LAX to chat about his thoughts on the differences between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump:
"We had one candidate this year who had a strong chance of winning who was anti-growing war and that was Sanders," Killer Mike said at the time. "We didn't vote him in, so we're getting what we asked for... We are getting more war. And if you don't want any war, you'd be voting Jill Stein. If you want less government in war, you'd be voting Gary Johnson. But if you are voting for Trump or Hillary Clinton, you're voting for the same thing."