Kanye West's meeting with Donald Trump a month after the Nov. 8 election drew commentary from every possible corner, including extended commentary from Pusha T, The-Dream and John Legend. Now England's Channel 4 has asked conscious-rap torchbearers Run the Jewels what they made of it, and Killer Mike's answer was relatively supportive.
While downplaying the significance a musician meeting with Trump, the Atlanta artist also said (starting at the 50-second mark below), “Didn't bother me. Why wouldn’t you [go]? Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies, they should have permanent interest."
He went on:
"If it wasn’t for Dr. Martin Luther King being willing to meet with people like [governor] George Wallace, George Wallace would have not have ended up starting [as] a racist bigot [and ending] a person who found God in some way, appointed more blacks to his office than any other governor since him."
The full interview is here.
Killer Mike, whose "Reagan" is one of the better presidential diss tracks of the new millennium, said he was more inspired to see Trump and 81-year-old former NFL star and Amer-I-Can Program founder Jim Brown in the same place. "Jim Brown, for the last 50 years, has fought against the oppression of all people," he said. "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.”
Next, watch Run the Jewels rock with Fuse at Bonnaroo 2015: