The Atlanta rapper and his Run The Jewels bandmate El-P have just wrapped up a short UK tour to promote their third project, ‘RTJ 3’. The duo took time out from their live commitments for a new interview with Channel 4 News, which has been posted online today.
Quizzed on West’s controversial meeting with the now-President back in December, Killer Mike found reason to be hopeful over the nature of the meeting.
“It didn’t bother me, why wouldn’t you [meet the President]?” he said. “Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies, they should have permanent interest. If it wasn’t for Dr. Martin Luther King being willing to meet with people like [Governor] George Wallace, Wallace would have not have ended up starting as a racist bigot and ending as a person who found God in some way, and appointed more blacks to his office than any other governor since.
“So I maintain hope that human beings can steer a change course, but a musician meeting a presidential candidate isn’t important to me, unlike [NFL player] Jim Brown. Brown, for the last 50 years, has fought against oppression of all people. Him sitting with President Trump was a significant thing for me, because I know on the other side of the table he was telling the truth.”
"I always thought it was just rap, personally."American hip-hop supergroup Run The Jewels talk about their love of British grime, and what they think about musicians meeting with President Trump.
Posted by Channel 4 News on Saturday, April 1, 2017
As well as gauging their thoughts on that meeting, the duo were also asked to give their take on grime. El-P praised the genre, expressing his gratitude to the internet for enabling the spread of grime worldwide.
“The internet has allowed us to share in those cultures from a distance,” he remarked. “We don’t have much time when we get here to run around, but I’m a big fan [of grime]. You know, I worked with Dizzee Rascal back in the day, he was kind of my entrance into the grime scene, and you know, people like Wiley and the earlier stuff, and I’m a fan of it.
“I always thought it was just rap, personally,” he continued. “Call it whatever you want, it’s cool – but I see people rapping in a nasty way, so I’ll be a fan of whoever does that.”
Run The Jewels will play at this year’s Glastonbury Festival – see the line-up so far here.