A couple of weeks ago, Killer Mike’s political activity became a topic of discussion within a small circle of friends as we were discussing RZA’s turncoat statements. One mentioned that he likes Mike, but asked if a name like Killer Mike might hinder him in larger media circles and politics. My answer was very short and direct: no.
In certain settings, Killer Mike’s mentioned by his government name, but no one’s intimidated by the Killer portion, because most people know it’s a stage name without a bunch of bodies attached to his criminal record. Greater than that, I know that all he has to do is speak and people get past the “Killer” thing real quick. He proved my theory correct on Sunday in Charleston, South Carolina while working on behalf of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, also known as “Beastie Bernie.”
Mike’s a very informed, passionate and candid speaker on any topic he’s engaged in. The politic press learned this firsthand as the Atlanta native worked the post-debate spin room, reeling off quotables the press was eager to lap up. Like, how did he ever find himself aligning with Sanders in the first place? Through the magic of sativa and social media, of course.