After Bill O’Reilly made the statement that hip-hop music is the reason for the decline in Christianity in the US, Killer Mike didn’t hesitate to give his response to the Fox News anchor. “I like Bill O’Reilly the character but I hate how white people take him so seriously. He’s more full of shit than an outhouse. I’m gonna go in a black club and see Bill O’Reilly with a stripper on his lap,” the rapper said during his appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher. He added,”He’s as fictional as those books he writes.” Mike also used the forum to address the Baltimore riots. “When people say, ‘Why do you burn down a CVS, why do you burn down your own community,’ it’s because of black people being denied loans, because of black people being snookered out of their homes, gentrifiers coming in or not coming in,” he told Maher. Mike continued,”Because this happens, you live in a community you don’t own. You’re just occupying a space. Police are there, they’re occupying you.”
Killer Mike has been a positive spokesperson for the hip hop community. The rapper has been very outspoken in regards to rap lyrics being used as evidence in court cases. One case in particular involves a man by the name of Anthony Elonis. Elonis was found guilty and sentenced to 44 months in prison for sending violent threats to his estranged wife online. The prosecution argued that Elonis was a danger to his wife, and their case was solely based on his rap lyrics. The court believed that Elonis’ violent lyrics, which were directed at his wife, proved he was a violent person.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of cases that used songs in order to convict suspects based on rap lyrics. Rapper McKinley “Mac” Phipps was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenager, who was killed at one of the his concerts. Despite not having any physical evidence that linked Phipps to the murder, the prosecutors used the rapper’s lyrics as evidence during the trial. As a result, the jury found Phipps guilty, and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. “If we let this stand, what you’re going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out an entire potential generation of rappers out of our community. It becomes a danger to you because it just becomes another tool that prosecutors can now use to strip you of your freedom of speech, which is guaranteed to every American. We must stand with artists like Mac [Phipps],” Killer Mike said in a statement.
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