Killer Mike has revealed that the famed comedian Dave Chappelle nearly convinced him to put his hip hop career on hold and run for the position of Governor of Georgia.
Having recently released his first solo track in a decade with ‘Run’, the star keenly tackled some of the issues affecting the state including how several rappers are being tried over the content of their art.
The politically-charged anthem has certainly raised a few points and called for racially progressive change, and Chappelle clearly feels that Killer Mike would be able to create the same discussions from behind a lectern.
Speaking to HipHopDX, Killer Mike revealed: “So I go to a Dave Chappelle show — and Dave is someone I consider a friend, very fortunate to be friends with, love him to death — and he literally has a whole crowd laughing at themselves and a bunch of other shit.”
Continuing: “So I’m in the cut, smoking a joint that looks like a cigarette. I’m getting high as fuck. Dave calls me out. He says, ‘Hey man, why don’t you run for governor?’”
A little bemused, he responded: “And I’m like, ‘What? No, no, we got a Black person running for governor. Her name …’ ‘That’s not what the fuck I’m talking about — you. You need to run. You are qualified to lead.’ And I’m like, ‘Dave, I’ma rapper.’ “He said, ‘I don’t give a fuck, you can govern and rap!’”
Renowned for his convincing speech, Chappelle almost genuinely had him running. “I was ready to run after that, even though I know it’s not time for me to run, but what he really told me was that it doesn’t matter if you go to strip clubs and smoke weed and you go with your wife and we know all your proclivities,” he said.
Naturally, in the sober light of day, Killer Mike decided just to try and impact politics in an artistic capacity… but you never know?