Fresh off being named to Coachella’s lineup for the second straight year, Run the Jewels‘ Killer Mike stopped by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert to talk about how he got his intimidating moniker, why he’s supporting Bernie Sanders and racial inequality in America.
“If white people are just now discovering that it’s bad for black or working class people in America, they’re a lot more blind than I thought. They’re a lot more choosing to be ignorant than I thought,” the rapper told Colbert. “The same problems that we’re discussing today, we discussed in 1990, 1980, 1970 and 1960. And until we call a spade a spade and we say that this problem is coming from conditions that we’re creating or allowing to happen, as a white group of people who hold a certain amount of people…”
Killer Mike also talked about why he’s feeling the Bern, especially after sitting down with the Democratic hopeful for an extensive interview. “Dr. King in his last two years of life talked about a poor people’s campaign, organizing unions on the behalf of poor workers, organizing against a war machine that was perpetuating violence in Vietnam,” Killer Mike said.
“Bernie Sanders is the only politician who has consistently for 50 years taken that social justice platform into politics. Right now, we have an opportunity to elect someone who is directly out of the philosophy of King-ian non-violence. We can directly elect someone that cares about poor people, cares about women, gays, black rights, cares about lives that don’t look like his. This opportunity in history is not going to come in another 20 years.”
Killer Mike, who previously appeared on The Late Show when Run the Jewels teamed with TV on the Radio to perform “Angel Duster,” added that the hip-hop duo are currently “working on Part Three right now,” the follow-up to 2014’s Run the Jewels 2.