Killer Mike has since addressed some of the criticism he has received on social media.
Some people have called out Killer Mike for meeting with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. News of the meeting surfaced after Kemp shared an image with the rapper on Twitter Wednesday night.
“Today, Marty and I had a great meeting with @KillerMike,” Kemp captioned the picture with. “We discussed how small businesses and the music industry are weathering the pandemic, the value of our skilled trade workers, and our fight to end human trafficking in Georgia. We look forward to seeing him again soon!”
Today, Marty and I had a great meeting with @KillerMike. We discussed how small businesses and the music industry are weathering the pandemic, the value of our skilled trade workers, and our fight to end human trafficking in Georgia. We look forward to seeing him again soon! pic.twitter.com/yR6iVaAJo1
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) September 9, 2020
Killer Mike shared a post of his own also speaking to the meeting, and said that his exchange with Kemp was productive.
“I look forward to helping Georgia increase its 2% Govt state contact participation to 10-15% (and greater) participation,” he wrote in the caption accompanying the post. “…This is the 1st of many real and frank conversations to be had.”
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I wanna thank my potna Bear Loc (@higherlevelbear) for coming thru with me today as I met with @govkemp. 🐻 Here is what Bear Had to say and I am truly humbled by his words: “This man is working for us even when we don’t see it. I witnessed Michael Render (Not Killer Mike) sit with The Governor of Georgia and give him honest salt of the earth talk on behalf of “Black Boys and Men”, “Barber Busines” & “The Ga Justice initiatives he supports”. Lemme add he has been informed by Local grassroots leaders, Judges and Lawyers he knows and trust and his Homies that are currently serving life. Mike is really the real deal. He ain’t just tapping and rapping. He is about the #plotplanstrategizeorganizeandmobilze move! #AlwaysRolliN #Mybrotherskeeper #Warrior”! Thank U @higherlevelbear. Thank my community and all that advised me on talking points for our community and the wider community. I will say I was welcomed with respect. I was heard and our exchange was productive. I look forward to helping Georgia increase it’s 2% Govt state contract participation to 10-15 % (and greater) participation.! This state can with all its business interest can become an example of what a southern progressive economy can be. This is the 1st of many real and frank conversations to be had. Thank U @govkemp and your staff for the day. #ThankAllThoseWhoCounselMe #YallsInfoHelpsMeBeBetter #ThankMyBrothersAndSisters #ThankAllGeorgiansWhoReallyWork! #IWillContinueDoingMyBestForUs
Upon news surfacing of the two’s meeting, people on social media have criticized the rapper for meeting with the politician, who many believe implemented voter suppression to win the 2018 gubernatorial election against Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams. Critics brought this up, as well as Kemp’s handling of the conronavirus pandemic in Georgia.
Killer Mike attempting to brand himself as the Reasonable Negro™ by meeting with a white man who stole an election from a Black woman and then denied the impact of COVID. Very reasonable 🤧 https://t.co/BQn7h0pCwi
— Jouelzy (@Jouelzy) September 10, 2020
A governor who stole an election from a black woman being able to use Killer Mike as a prop is a terrible look 🥴🥴🥴 https://t.co/oAcgE5O3B7
— UH82CIT 🙃 🇳🇬 (@PrinceHAK33M) September 10, 2020
Somehave also defended Killer Mike’s decision to meet with Kemp.
Y'all not going to start the morning slandering killer Mike. Fuck this app. Y'all dumb. You gotta get in the office first to make changes. He knows what he's doing. Wtf have y'all done with your lives. pic.twitter.com/sKie6l2TSL
— beep boop (@cordialfall) September 10, 2020
What is Killer Mike supposed to do? Sit down and complain on Twitter all day like we do? Or take action from within the system and try to achieve something for his community. pic.twitter.com/wNh6RqE11f
— Anyo (@Anyoli) September 10, 2020
The rapper has also addressed some of the criticism he has received.
Well my 86 yr old Aunt who actually risked her life in B Ham and Selma was proud and called me courageous. Umma lean into that cuz she did the work. https://t.co/GP1OTPieG8
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) September 10, 2020
After I sought counsel from Community activists That I know and have worked with over 20 yrs, black judges and lawyers, black Biz leaders and my neighbors I absolutely did. https://t.co/YleKTOS9nH
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) September 10, 2020