Run the Jewels member El-P has come to the defense of his friend and RTJ bandmate Killer Mike following a recent controversial interview by the latter on the NRA's online television network about gun control.
Killer Mike's interview originally ran this weekend, just as thousands of people took to the streets around the country to take part in the March for Our Lives rallies for gun control. In the interview with NRA TV, the Atlanta rapper advocated for black gun ownership and discouraged his children from participating in school walkouts as a form of protest.
Killer Mike has long been a vocal proponent of the Second Amendment, but the current debate against gun control made his interview national news. While he initially stood by his stance, the continued backlash prompted Mike to issue an apology. In an series of videos he posted on Twitter he said, "My interview with [the NRA] was supposed to be something that continued the conversation or that helped the conversation happen that I felt needed to happen. And that conversation is about African American gun ownership. It should never have been used in contrast to your march, and I think it's wrong. To the young people who worked tirelessly to organize, I'm sorry adults chose to do this. I'm sorry NRA TV did that."
Now, his fellow group member El-P has also stood by Killer Mike during these controversial times with a statement of his own.
The statement partially reads, "I am personally incredibly inspired and blown away by the bravery and emotion of an entire generation of young people standing up and trying to change the world.” While praising those supporting March for Our Lives, El-P also firmly stood behind Killer Mike as well, saying "the fact is Mike is someone I, and many of you, KNOW consistently and ferociously tries to bring some light and love to this world. You simply can't deny that. So while I'm bummed at the way this unfolded, I will always fuck with him."
The other part of El's statement defends the March For Our Lives protesters. "I believe in these young people," he wrote. "We must show deference to them. We must listen to them...To those from Parkland and around the country... you have an ally and friend in me."
Killer Mike has since responded to El-P's statement: