The Atlanta native, a longtime political activist and community organizer with a reputation for speaking his mind, addressed the crowd gathered at Morris Brown College on Tuesday (April 2) for Hussle’s vigil.
One of those looking on was Charlamagne Tha God, who shared a clip of Mike (real name Michael Render) delivering a powerful speech asking where the love is and calling for an end to black-on-black violence.
“We have a choice,” Mike says in the video. “That rag that is over your forehead or out of your left pocket is better served wiping the sweat off your head for the work you are doing on behalf of your community in a way that does not murder other Africans… You do not have to kill one another to prove your worth to your neighborhood.”
He continued, “Your enemies don’t give a f*** what color rag you wear. They will murder you in the streets, they will leave you dead for your momma to find, and I’m tired of my enemy looking like me.”
Hussle, 33, the hip-hop star and community activist, was gunned down on Sunday afternoon outside his Marathon Clothing outlet. The prime suspect in the murder, Eric Holder, is now in custody with bail reportedly set around $7 million.
Overnight, California Congresswoman Karen Bass vowed to formally enter Hussle’s community contributions to into the Congressional Record where it would “be a part of United States history forever.”