Killer Mike visited Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night to talk race relations, Baltimore and the link between crime and rap music. The Run the Jewels rapper, who previously penned an op-ed slamming Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer for their coverage of the Baltimore protests, used his Real Time appearance to rip Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who frequently blames hip-hop for many of society’s problems.
“I like Bill O’Reilly the character but I hate how white people take him so seriously,” Killer Mike said. “He’s more full of shit than an outhouse. I’m gonna go in a black club and see Bill O’Reilly with a stripper on his lap, I guarantee you that. He’s as fictional as those books he writes.”
Killer Mike then delivered a memorable monologue comparing Jesus to a rapper. “He was arguably black guy, or at least dark. Hung with a posse of homies, one of them was strapped with a knife. Went to war with the government, lost, like a lot of black guys do,” Killer Mike said, “And everybody loved him more after he died, like Tupac.”
Maher, Killer Mike and the panel – which included filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters, Demos president Heather McGhee and political scientist Charles Murray – next discussed race relations in the country and the Baltimore riots. (“While Baltimore was burning, I was filming a cameo for the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie in Atlanta, so I may not be that qualified to talk about it,” Waters admitted.)
“When people say, ‘Why do you burn down a CVS, why do you burn down your own community,’ it’s because of black people being denied loans, because of black people being snookered out of their homes, gentrifiers coming in or not coming in,” Killer Mike said. “Because this happens, you live in a community you don’t own. You’re just occupying a space. Police are there, they’re occupying you.”
Killer Mike also stuck around to answer questions in Real Time‘s post-broadcast Overtime segment, and was asked whether there is a connection between rap music and criminal behavior. The rapper then provides a quick but detailed history of rap’s beginnings in the late Sixties and how the term hip-hop encapsulates “rap, graffiti, break dancing, DJ-ing and entrepreneurship.” “What it did was give poor kids the opportunity to organize as an alternative to violence,” Killer Mike said. “At our core, hip-hop, every time you see a successful rapper, you’re seeing a job creator in the community.”