Killer Mike, the hip-hop artist, actor, and extremely influential activist, has returned with new music.
Yesterday, July 03, 2022, the Culture leader announced via Instagram that his new single, “RUN,” would be released on July 04, 2022, featuring legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, hip-hop artist Young Thug of YSL, and the track is produced by legendary producer No ID.
The announcement was followed by the captioned post below, “The race to freedom was NEVER won.” Michael Santiago Render, aka Killer Mike, is shown in the video wearing a jacket with his arms open wide, his eyes closed, and an American flag draped over his left shoulder.
In the reel, the flag changes from the modern-day American flag to an American flag with seven stars, representing the First Seven States to Succeed the Union.
Thirteen-star parade flags were commonly seen at centennial celebrations across the country in 1876, most notably at the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia. Seven-star flags were similar, but were created with southern sympathies to commemorate the first wave of states to secede from the Union, which began in 1861.
Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas were among the first wave states. The Confederate States of America were completed by a second wave that included Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Not only did Southerners wave seven-star parade flags, but they also waved eight-star and nine-star flags on rare occasions. They, too, rejoiced at the first wave of states seceding from the union.
The announcement video begins with a man running through a large open field that transforms into a battlefield scene, with voiceover by comedian Dave Chappelle. “Mike, one thing about being a nigga in America, ain’t no time to be scared…” he says to Killer Mike.
A man with a tethered shirt around his bicep with the writing “FREE YSL” on it is also seen through smoke. Young Thug of YSL is currently incarcerated in Fulton County, Georgia on R.I.C.O. charges. Young Thug and Killer Mike are both Georgia natives.