Killer Mike visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night (Jan. 17) to discuss his new Netflix series called Trigger Warning. The six-episode miniseries, available to stream today (Jan. 18), sees the Run the Jewels rapper addressing the economy, gang culture, education and faith — and apparently even prompted him to start his own religion.
“Jesus, the character in the Bible, is amazing. He’s a superhero, right? He fights injustice with the church; he rallies against government. … It’d be a great graphic novel. The only problem is that we don’t get our black Spider-Man,” the rapper told Colbert. “For me, I think that, to raise a confident child in terms of divinity and matters of spiritualism, they need to see people who look like them or they need to see a deity who looks like them.”
The solution? Killer Mike went out into the world and started a new religion with his best friend named Sleepy. “My church is The Church of Sleep,” he explained. “Listen, you can enjoy God from your bed.” However, there are inklings from Mike’s Christian upbringing such as loving above hating, allowing people space to confess themselves, forgiveness and fellowship.
Mike also shared that Trigger Warning is “the most absurd thoughts and arguments I’ve had in my life, and to see if they’re possible.” That mentality is inspired by his growing up in Atlanta, which he described as “Wakanda for real.”
Other adventures Mike embarks on in the Netflix series, including taking both Blood and Crip gang members and getting them to collaborate on a licensed product called “Crip-a-Cola.”
Watch the full interview below, and stream Trigger Warning here.