Killer Mike Delivers Impassioned Speech after the Micheal Brown Verdict

This is heart-breaking. It’s incredibly powerful and incredibly brave, but it’s heart-breaking.

“Riots are only the language of the unheard.” 

Happy 200th post.

A transcription of the speech that I ripped from Consequence of Sound:

I would like to say Rest in Peace to Michael Brown. I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people out there peacefully protesting. I also give thoughts and prayers to the people who could not hold their anger in because riots are only the language of the unhold. We usually come on to Queen’s ‘Champion’, but I just got to tell you today, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along and kicks you on your ass. Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I heard that prosecutor. You motherfuckers got me today, I knew it was coming when Eric Holder decided to resign. You motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son and a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them today.

When I stood on the bus, and I cried, and I hugged my friend, I said, ‘these motherfuckers got me today.’ When I stood in front of my wife, and I cried like a baby, I said, ‘these motherfuckers got me today. You motherfuckers will not own tomorrow, we will not bend to your fear, we will not accept your pain, we are not going to keep playing that race card, because we know you don’t value my skin. We know you do value his (El-P), but we’re friends and nothing is going to devalue that.

There was no peace in my heart and I wanted to walk out to ‘Burn This Motherfucker Down’. But I got to tell you, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, something said, ‘Just look for something [Martin Luther King Jr.] might have said,’ so I googled Martin King and Wikipedia popped up, and he was 39 years old when you motherfuckers killed him. He was the same age as I am, the same age as [El-P]. He was a young man when you killed him.

But I can promise you today: If I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I’ll let you know this: it is not about race, it is not a class, it’s not about color, it’s about what they killed him for. It’s about poverty, it’s about greed, and it’s about a war machine. It’s about a war machine that uses you. So as I go tomorrow, I might go the day after, the one thing I want you to know is that it’s us against the motherfucking machine!”

Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” (feat. Zack de la Rocha)

Does the term “banger” offend you? If so, then you might call this track an up-tempo anthem with snappy snares and brick-hard spitting. I however, prefer the less convoluted noun, banger. No matter what you call it, this song presents three MC’s in top form. Run The Jewels is a rap syndicate, composed of two modern-day wordsmiths: Killer Mike and El-P. “Close Your Eyes” is the latest track teasing their second full-length, RTJ2. On their latest preview, Run The Jewels are joined by Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, who I haven’t heard form in some time, but hasn’t lost the beat. He instead, kills the beat and leaves it on the curb. Enjoy.

T.I. – “About The Money (Remix feat. Killer Mike & Young Thug)”

“About The Money” is my favorite song of this summer. Maybe you think I’m crazy, but I seriously can not get enough of Young Thug’s quirky spurts of energy, or how his flow sounds like maple syrup is constantly dripping out of his mouth. I ran upon this remix yesterday, and while I do think Killer Mike kills it (LoL), I wish they hadn’t cut Thug’s verse out. The song is completely changed; where Thug’s verse may have been noticeably less technical, his charisma meshed incredibly with the swagger of the song. How could anyone justify removing a verse with the line, “I’m going fishin’ with these little bitty shrimp dips,”? Let me know which version you enjoy more. Follow for more $wag. Enjoy.