Killer Mike Speaks Out on Recent Shootings: 'I'm Just Filled With Hurt & Grief'

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Killer Mike speaks at MIT's 'Hip Hop Speaker Series: Race Relations in the US' with moderator and MIT professor Ian Condry on April 24, 2015. 

Killer Mike gave a 14-minute speech on Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 after the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, encouraging communities to wake up their cities. The rapper expressed his anger and grief regarding the recent violence surrounding the past week.

“I’m angry, I’m hurt, I’m disgusted. I’m ashamed to be a part of this country,” said Mike. “I’m just filled with hurt and grief.”

Mike’s message encouraged the black community to take a stand collectively in fighting for justice. “It is time to get angry and do something. It is time to prevent these abusers and these police who abuse the law.”

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The solution, according to the Run the Jewels rapper, is to “divert money away from the system” and pay attention to the politicians running the city, state and country by voting the “dogs out of office” and voting in those who stand in solidarity with the black community. 

"You can go to your bank tomorrow and you can say, 'Until you as a corporation start to speak on our behalf, I want all my money. And I'm taking all my money to a citizen's trust.’”

The Atlanta-based rapper also took a moment to commend the Atlanta Police Department for conducting their jobs without murdering their citizens. 

“Nothing is perfect. But I just want to salute some of the officers that we have on ground here,” said Mike. “This city is the only place in this country I feel safe as a black person.”

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Mike, who claimed in his speech that he lives in fear of his life outside Atlanta, encouraged the city to participate in protesting with the rest of the country.

“We owe them our outrage. We don't have to burn our city down.”