Killer Mike might just be the best Hip Hop ambassador we’ve had in a very long time. Aside from lighting stages on fire with El-P and Run The Jewels, Mike has been making his rounds on television discussing current events, the state of Hip Hop, and how we can better the World.
Mike’s latest stop was on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’. One of the highlights of the interview was when The ATL rapper dropped some gems about the history of Hip Hop, and how it’s roots stand for non violence:
“Hip Hop, as a entity, was started in the late ’60s, early ’70s,” he said. “All these kids that were kind of the fallout kids of the Black Nationalist movement, Civil Rights, poor white people’s movement, Puerto Rican Nationalism movement — they had street gangs in New York, in the Bronx, that were just essentially burned out. At some point in the very late ’60s, early ’70s, these kids were like ‘We’re going to come up with our own peace treaty.’ They came up with their own peace treaty, decided that, ‘We aren’t going to engage in violence.’ Well, what’s the alternative to violence? The Zulu Nation was born out of that…These kids, they were children, got together in the public park, stole public electricity, which I strongly support, and decided to do park jams as an alternative to violence.”
He also went on to explain how Hip Hop actually helps the economy:
“At our core, Hip Hop, every time you see a successful rapper, you’re seeing a job creator in the community. Jay Z has provided hundreds of jobs and created dozens of millionaires and it’s changed the economy in places it wouldn’t have. OutKast in Atlanta, personally changed the economy in the last twenty years.”
Peep the whole interview below: