Killer Mike — the politically outspoken Run the Jewels rapper and still-devoted Bernie Sanders supporter — is about to tackle a brand new function: star of Netflix’s Trigger Warning, a docuseries through which he addresses social points by way of alternately amusing and enlightening stunts (debuting Jan. 18). “Either you do your greatest to make this method extra good, otherwise you begin blowing it up,” says the Atlanta MC. Here’s his post-midterms plan for a way you can also assist begin a hearth.
SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
“I’m fairly inspired as a result of Atlanta has the chance to remain an African-American financial and political stronghold. But nationally, blacks usually are not gaining floor. Prior to desegregation [in the 1950s and ’60s], my neighborhood was prosperous and stuffed with hope. [With desegregation], you gained the power to buy on the mall, or a company or white-owned place, however one thing was additionally misplaced. My objective is to get allies of each race, creed and colour into the black financial system, but it surely should begin with us. We should hold a greenback in our neighborhood longer than six hours.”
RALLY FOR MARIJUANA LAW REFORM
“Plenty of brothers in my state are prepared for full legalization as a result of they need to be a part of the financial course of. And as an African-American man in Atlanta, in the event you get a felony marijuana conviction proper out of highschool, it ruins your life. That’s why after 2016, I stayed dwelling and arranged regionally to get some legislative modifications in metropolis council — the pulling again of the drug struggle legal guidelines.”
LOOK FOR LOCAL CHANGEMAKERS
“Find out who’s already organizing regionally and ask them what you are able to do to assist — in any other case you’re simply supporting one other company. I don’t know what to do actionably in Chicago or Flint, Mich., however I can let you know who does know.”
GO WITH YOUR GUT
“I obtained to have the ability to sleep with me at night time. I’ve gotten behind those who I didn't absolutely help earlier than — I supported Stacey Abrams [who ran for governor of Georgia], and I don’t agree together with her on weapons in any respect. With [Hillary] Clinton, I completely couldn’t. I used to be alive and an adolescent when the “superpredator” line [the term Clinton used in 1996 to describe troubled black youth] got here throughout. I don’t want no unhealthy, however you’ve completed unhealthy to my neighborhood.
“So a lot of Sanders’ coverage is popping up in different candidates’ agendas, and that excites me. We’re nearer to Medicare for all than we all know, nearer to nationwide decriminalization of marijuana, nearer to creating leaping progress on this nation… if we talk on either side of the aisle in our lounge. Don’t simply watch for politicians to do it.”
This article initially appeared within the Jan. 12 difficulty of Billboard.