Killer Mike Gives Emotional Speech Before Run The Jewels Performance at The Ready Room in St. Louis 11.24.2014 [YouTube Video + Full Transcript]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published November 25, 2014



I would like to say Rest in Peace to Michael Brown... who will never get to see the next phase of his life. I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people out there peacefully protesting. I also give thoughts and prayers to the people who could not hold their anger in because riots are only the language of the unheard.

We usually come on to Queen’s "Champion," and I just got to tell you today that man, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along and kicks you on your ass and you don't feel like a champion. Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor. And I'm gonna tell you. You motherfuckers got me today, I knew it was coming when Eric Holder decided to resign, I knew it wasn't gonna be good, but I gotta tell 'em. You motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son and a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them. You motherfuckers. You motherfuckers on the other side seeing in, and you motherfuckers who we vote for and who control our lives. You motherfuckers got me today. You got me.

When I stood on the bus, and I cried, and I hugged my friend, and he came, and he hit me, and he hugged me, right there I said, "these motherfuckers got me today." When I stood in front of my wife, and I hugged her, and I cried like a baby, I said, "these motherfuckers got me today." But with that said, you motherfuckers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in your fear, we will not accept your pain, we are not going to keep playing that race card, because we know. We know you don’t value my skin, and we know you do value his (El-P), but you know what? We’re friends and nothing is going to devalue that. We understand.

Before I came out here, there was no peace in my heart and I wanted to walk out to burn this motherfucker down. Burn this motherfucker down. But I got to tell you, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, and something said, "Just look for something Martin King might have said," so I googled Martin King and Wikipedia popped up, and he was 39 years old when you motherfuckers killed him. He was the same age as I am, the same age as El. He was a young man when you killed him.

But I can promise you today: If I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I'm 'a let you know this: it is not about race, it is not a class, it is not about color, it is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed, and it is about a war machine. It is about a war machine that uses you. So as I go tomorrow, I might go the day after, the one thing I want you to know: it is us against the motherfucking machine! Let's go!”

Last night, Run The Jewels performed at The Ready Room in St. Louis, Missouri. By pure coincidence, it was announced just hours before the performance that Darren Wilson -- the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson -- would not face any criminal charges.

What you see above is an emotional and passionate speech made by Killer Mike, who has been one of the most respected and important people to speak up on the subject in the media. Mike, whose father is a former police officer, lays it on the line.

Where do we go from here?

Source: Jamie P'Zoned YouTube

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