Killer Mike Enlists Young Thug and Dave Chappelle for New Song “Run”: Watch the Video – JulieSimba
Killer Mike Enlists Young Thug and Dave Chappelle for New Song “Run”: Watch the Video

Killer Mike Enlists Young Thug and Dave Chappelle for New Song “Run”: Watch the Video

It’s Independence Day, and Killer Mike is back with his first new solo song in 10 years. Following the success of Run the Jewels, “Run” is his first music as lead artist since 2012’s RAP Music. The track features a guest verse from Young Thug, production from No ID, and in the Adrian Villagomez-directed video, an introductory monologue by Dave Chappelle. Watch it below.

The video portrays a narrative of Black people fighting against fascists attempting to return the South to the Confederacy. During Thug’s verse, a flag featuring the words “Free Thug, Protect Black Art, Free Gunna” is waved on the battlefield. Another soldier is seen wearing an armband that reads “Free YSL.”

On May 9, Thug was arrested on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. His arrest came as 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 was defined in the indictment as a “criminal street” gang.” Among those indicted were Thug, Gunna, Yak Gotti, Peewee Roscoe, Duke, and Thug’s brother Unfoonk.

Following the initial RICO charges, Thug was charged with seven additional felonies, including marijuana and weapons charges after police raided the rapper’s home in Atlanta. Thug was denied bond on June 2.

Last month, Mike spoke to ABC’s Good Morning America in Thug and Gunna’s defense—the latest example in his long-held commitment to the argument that rap lyrics shouldn’t be used as evidence in court cases. “Hip-hop is not respected as an art because Black people in this country are not recognized as full human beings,” he said. “If we allow the courts to prosecute these men based on characters they created and stories of pretend that they tell in rhyme, then next, they’ll be at your door.” In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Mike added:

I want to stand in solidarity with Black art. So keep your hands off black art. I want to standard solidarity was Gunna and Thug, who are presumed innocent, according to our constitution, unless proven guilty. They’re presumed innocent, man. And the two men that I spent two weeks with while we’re recording that were leaders of working people. They were the leaders of creative people. There were the leaders of people in that room who would not have had jobs and opportunity. What I did not see was the leader of a gang in that room. What I witness in there was musicians making music, making opportunities for people, making money, creating these imaginary characters, which we are.

Killer Mike is an imaginary characters. Michael Render is very real… So there’s a book called Rap On Trial that I want people to get. Co-written by Dr. Erik Nielson, who’s a friend of mine. And this book goes on to help people understand that other uses of violence in music are not used against musician. “Mama, I killed a man.” It’s not going to be used against Queen. Johnny Cash is not going to be prosecuted for saying, “I shot a man just to watch him die.” Rap music seems to be inexplicably linked to persecution.

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