Killer Mike talks race, Bernie Sanders with Stephen Colbert


Killer Mike sat down with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night to talk about race relations in America, his support of Bernie Sanders and why he isn’t nicknamed “Bugatti Mike” or “Ferrari Mike” – both his preferences.

Killer Mike and Bernie Sanders visited The Busy Bee Cafe in November. Photo: AP.

The charismatic Atlanta rapper joked that he was wearing his “PTA meeting outfit” – meaning his “good” sweats – as he chatted on the late night show.

He also disclosed, in a quick aside, that Run the Jewels, which will play Coachella for the second year in a row , is working on “Run the Jewels 3.”

Killer Mike (aka Michael Render) stuffed a lot of info into his six-minute segment, which lightheartedly touched on his Atlanta barbershop and parenting.

But the rapper was laser-focused when discussing race and the upcoming presidential election.

"If white people are just now discovering that it's bad for black or working class people in America, they're a lot more blind than I thought,” Killer Mike told Colbert. “They're a lot more choosing to be ignorant than I thought. The same problems that we're discussing today, we discussed in 1990, 1980, 1970 and 1960. And until we call a spade a spade and we say that this problem is coming from conditions that we're creating or allowing to happen, as a white group of people who hold a certain amount of power…”

The rapper also reiterated his support of Bernie Sanders.

“We can directly elect someone that cares about poor people, cares about women, gays, black rights, cares about lives that don't look like his. This opportunity in history is not going to come in another 20 years,” he said. “If we do not take this opportunity right now, we’re gonna be sitting around a campfire mad that they nuked the world to hell.”

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.