Killer Mike on Run The Jewels’ new album: “Our music feels like the soundtrack to progress”
Killer Mike has said the new Run The Jewels album feels like “the soundtrack to progress”.
Last week (June 3rd), Run The Jewels released 11-track album ‘RTJ4’ via their website. The album can be streamed and also downloaded, with optional donations towards the Mass Defence Program, a network of lawyers, legal workers and law students providing legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change.
In an interview discussing an ‘RTJ4’ album review with Rolling Stone, rapper and activist Killer Mike said: “I’m happy that this time we landed right on time so our music can be the soundtrack to progress, and that’s what it feels like”
In recent weeks, the rapper delivered an emotional speech to protestors in Atlanta, urging for peace and calm amid the violence. The speech was in response to protests which have began since the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man from Minnesota who was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, on Monday 25th May. Footage of the arrest shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, ignoring him as he repeatedly pleads, “I can’t breathe”.
He further added in the interview: “In this moment right here, we have an opportunity to change the American legislation process in terms of making sure that policemen are held accountable. We have an opportunity to seize the moment where money does not matter over the cost of human life.”
You can watch the full clip from Rolling Stone below.