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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin sat with OG emcee and activist Killer Mike regarding the murder of Michael Brown and the ensuing chaos in Ferguson, MO. Let’s take the scenic route for a moment as I would just like to point out that Mz. Baldwin is a definitely a thirst quencher. Take no offense, Brooke, I’m just saying. Anywho, after watching this interview, I noticed several people congratulating Killer Mike via twitter on his intellect and diction. It’s always slightly-insulting (to me, anyways) when someone is surprised by the way you speak when they would expect it from someone else. But I digress, as that tidbit is neither here nor there; Killer Mike is an amazing artist, nonetheless.

I haven’t heard all his records, haven’t been to all his shows, can’t quote all his lyrics; but what I HAVE heard had such an impact that I have the utmost respect for the big homie and will do whatever I can to contribute to his campaign. I believe that records like “Ghetto Gospel” and “Reagan” (which streamed at the beginning of this interview) are so powerful that by the time the songs finish playing, you’ll want to stand for something if you haven’t already. After streaming a lyric from “Reagan” about the profitization of prisons, the one-on-one proceeds with a quote from Killer Mike:

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We see Killer Mike sharing his thoughts on the situation as it relates to his father being a policeman. He touches on how this country’s collective consciousness does not agree with many of these unjust, gratuitous acts of violence, especially towards children. We even hear from Spike Lee that “there is a war on the black male and it’s tearing the country apart.”

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Mike explains his self-proclaimed title of Pan-Africanist Gangster-Rapper. He also goes into detail about his Atlanta barber shop, Swag Shop, that is frequented by several law enforcement officers.

With the Barber Shop, Killer Mike wants to show the Fulton County community – especially the children – that they shouldn’t have to fear the police; he shows them that cops can be people too. Mike explains that he fears for the future of this country if the officer involved in the shooting is not arrested. In the end, he offers a solution:

We, as Americans, have to be more vigilant about policing the people we pay to protect and serve us.

Watch the interview

Part 1: The Underlying Chaos In Ferguson

Part 2: The Underlying Chaos In Ferguson