It’s Independence Day and Killer Mike is back with his first new solo song in 10 years. After the success of Run the Jewels, “Run” is his first music as main artist since 2012 Rap music† The track features a guest verse from Young Thug, a production of No ID, and in the video directed by Adrian Villagomez, an introductory monologue by Dave Chappelle. Check it out below.
The video shows a story of black people fighting fascists who are trying to return the south to the Confederacy. During Thugs verse, a flag with the words “Free Thug, Protect Black Art, Free Gunna” is waved on the battlefield. Another soldier wears a bracelet that reads ‘Free YSL’.
On May 9, Thug was arrested on charges of participating in street gang activity and conspiracy to violate the Extortion Affected and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). His arrest was the result of a 56-count indictment that named 28 alleged affiliates of Thug’s label and imprint YSL (aka Young Slime Life, Young Stoner Life, and Young Slatt Life), which the indictment defined as a “criminal street”. gang.” Among the accused were Thug, Gunna, Yak Gotti, Peewee Roscoe, Duke and Thug’s brother Unfoonk.
Following the initial RICO charges, Thug was charged with seven additional crimes after police, including marijuana and weapons charges raided the rapper’s house in Atlanta. Thug was refused bail on June 2.
Last month Mike spoke to ABC’s Good morning America in defense of Thug and Gunna – the latest example of his longstanding commitment to the argument that rap lyrics should not be used as evidence in court. “Hip-hop is not respected as an art because black people are not recognized as full people in this country,” he said. “If we allow the courts to prosecute these men based on characters they’ve created and stories they pretend to tell in rhyme, then they’ll be right at your door after that.”
Mike has also often talked about Confederate monuments and the Confederate flag as symbols of “traitors and losers.” He has also sold anti-Confederate merchandise.