Killer Mike has sort of earned his voice of influence within the Hip Hop community and even more so, African American culture. He appeared on HuffPost Live where he was asked about recent court cases where rap lyrics were used against the defendants and tied to gang violence as a result.
“It signals to me that Jim Crow is very much alive,” rapper Killer Mike told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri on Wednesday. “I think that in this country we love the nostalgic stories of how far we’ve come in transforming…and we have not. If we don’t remain vigilant about these things, we never will.”
Killer Mike has been vocal on prosecutors’ use of rap lyrics in court and condemns the act. To him, it signals the overall criminalization of black boys, which he says starts at a very young age.
“It used as a tool to literally hang our boys,” he said. “It is wrong, it is evil, it is vicious, it is maniacal and it is systemic.”
Do you agree? Is it fair to use someone’s lyrics against them?