Killer Mike has released his new track ‘Run,’ which he announced a few days ago.
On Monday, the veteran rapper released “Run,” his first solo single in over a decade. He collaborates with Young Thug and No I.D. on the tune, which is introduced by comedian Dave Chappelle.
Mike raps from a combat zone as Black troops rush across a battlefield in a video for the song directed by Adrian Villagomez after Chappelle compares being Black in America to assaulting the beaches of Normandy in World War II. The video shows a flag with the words “Free Thug.”
Young Thug’s feature comes as he is still imprisoned for street gang activities and conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The arrest was part of YSL’s enormous 56-count indictment.
Mike discussed the arrests with ABC’s Good Morning America last month, pushing for Thug’s release.
“Hip-hop isn’t regarded as an art form because Black people in this nation aren’t recognized as entire human beings,” he said at the time. “If we allow the courts to punish these individuals based on the characters they invented and the tales they tell in poetry, they’ll be at your door next.”
Black folks are portrayed combating Nazis in the intriguing video. During Thug’s (unseen in the video) verse, a banner with the words “Free Thug, Protect Black Art, Free Gunna” is raised on the battlefield. A soldier is also spotted sporting a “Free YSL” wristband.