Since the unarmed teenager Michael Brown was gunned down on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Miss., Killer Mike has been one of the few artists willing to talk about the situation from the beginning. Monday night, after a grand jury announced that they were not going indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting, Killer Mike‘s rap duo Run the Jewels took the stage in St. Louis. Before the show, Mike gave a powerful speech with his voice audibly cracking. Watch the video below.
Killer Mike offered “all thoughts and prayers to the people who are out there peacefully protesting,” as well as “thoughts and prayers for the people who could not hold their anger in, because riots are only the language of the unheard.
“Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor,” Mike continued. “I knew it was coming. I knew it when f—ing Eric Holder decided to resign, I knew it wasn’t gonna be good, but I gotta tell ’em, you motherf—ers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, and I have a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them.”
Mike was close to tears about yesterday’s decision, but he ended on a note of hope. “With that said, you motherf—ers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in your fear, we will not accept your cages.” Here’s the rapper’s Op-Ed on Ferguson he wrote for Billboard prior to the grand jury’s decision.