Killer Mike says it’s a good idea to speak with elected officials
On Friday night, rapper Killer Mike went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and discussed his friendship with Bernie Sanders, how the quarantine affected his chain of barbershops, and his controversial meeting with Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia.
Back in September, Killer Mike revealed that he’d met with Kemp at his office, and earlier this week, the governor reciprocated by visiting one of the rapper’s barbershops, where he got a haircut, Rolling Stone reported.
No fan of the Georgia governor, Jimmy Kimmel called Kemp a “bonehead” for his handling of the state’s coronavirus quarantine. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia has 331,000 confirmed coronavirus cases to date.
Discussing his meeting with the governor, the “Run the Jewels” rapper said, “People were upset and now I don’t understand because when you pay taxes in this municipality, including city, state, and county, you should want to meet with your county officials.”
.@killermike on @GovKemp’s visit to his barbershop: “He came and got the haircut of his life.” @jimmykimmel: “I wish you would have given him like a high fade, like LeBron.”
Mike, laughing: “I don’t want our governor looking like a private.” https://t.co/5sEWJNoN28
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) October 10, 2020
“My grandmother and grandfather were really sure to raise me to be a responsible member of the community, and that responsibility is not just about taking care of your own yard, taking care of the bigger community.”
Killer Mike added that he feels it’s a good idea to speak with elected officials and was glad he had the opportunity to talk to Kemp about getting young people in Georgia involved in learning trades.
After drawing criticism for sitting down with the Republican governor, Killer Mike said some good came from the meeting.
“I would like to thank the governor for being a man of his word: The trades program is happening. We’re going to get a lot of kids in Georgia in trades, we’re going to get a lot of jobs,” Killer Mike told Kimmel.
When Kimmel inquired about the rapper’s friendship with Sanders, Killer Mike said, “Man, I talked to the OG. He said he doesn’t think people should call him on his birthday, so I think I just shot him a text message, but he called me on mine. And we talk about once every month or so.”
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