Killer Mike addresses his Grammys arrest: “All of my heroes have been in handcuffs”
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Killer Mike addresses his Grammys arrest: "All of my heroes have been in handcuffs"

February 4th saw the 66th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony take place, and this year, Run The Jewels emcee Killer Mike took home three awards for ‘Best Rap Album,’ ‘Best Rap Song’ and ‘Best Rap Performance.’

However, following the awards ceremony, the Atlanta musician got arrested for allegedly assaulting and injuring a female security guard backstage. The incident was caught on camera.

The charge levelled against the artist was for a misdemeanour battery. Following the scuffle, Render was taken to a local police station for booking and processing and he was then released after accepting the minor charge. 

Many saw it as a stain on the artist. However, the lyricist (real name Michael Render) saw it differently and in an interview on the Atlanta morning radio segment The Big Tigger Show on v103 the next day, Render simply stated, “We hit a speed bump, and then we headed back to the party!” 

Now, Render has spoken about the event and has put a positive spin on it. During an appearance on the daytime television show The View, Killer Mike proclaimed, “All of my heroes have been in handcuffs – Malcolm, Martin, Mandela, Medgar.”

He continued, “I walked out with the same dignity and respect that I walked in with, and I would implore people to just take that from it.” He didn’t delve into the specifics of his case, but admitted that he became “overzealous” when celebrating his wins backstage at the ceremony.

Killer Mike’s sweep of the Grammys was something he had manifested. Speaking to the music publication NME last year, Killer Mike revealed his desire for at least one Grammy for his album Michael, stating, “I want to march into the Grammys and march out with a trophy or two. We’ll see how that goes.”