It’s Independence Day, and Killer Mike is again together with his first new solo tune in 10 years. Following the success of Run the Jewels, “Run” is his first music as lead artist since 2012’s R.A.P. Music. The observe includes a visitor verse from Younger Thug, manufacturing from No I.D., and within the Adrian Villagomez-directed video, an introductory monologue by Dave Chappelle. Watch it beneath.
The video portrays a story of Black folks preventing towards fascists trying to return the South to the Confederacy. Throughout Thug’s verse, a flag that includes the phrases “Free Thug, Defend Black Artwork, Free Gunna” is waved on the battlefield. One other soldier is seen sporting an armband that reads “Free YSL.”
On Could 9, Thug was arrested on costs of participation in avenue gang exercise and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. His arrest got here as the results of a 56-count indictment that named 28 alleged associates of Thug’s label and imprint YSL (aka Younger Slime Life, Younger Stoner Life, and Younger Slatt Life), which was outlined within the indictment as a “legal avenue gang.” Amongst these indicted had been Thug, Gunna, Yak Gotti, Peewee Roscoe, Duke, and Thug’s brother Unfoonk.
Following the preliminary RICO costs, Thug was charged with seven further felonies, together with marijuana and weapons costs after police raided the rapper’s house in Atlanta. Thug was denied bond on June 2.
Final month, Mike spoke to ABC’s Good Morning America in Thug and Gunna’s protection—the most recent instance in his long-held dedication to the argument that rap lyrics shouldn’t be used as proof in courtroom instances. “Hip-hop shouldn’t be revered as an artwork as a result of Black folks on this nation usually are not acknowledged as full human beings,” he mentioned. “If we enable the courts to prosecute these males based mostly on characters they created and tales of faux that they inform in rhyme, then subsequent, they’re going to be at your door.”