The idea of a rapper becoming a political candidate may be closer to reality than ever. Killer Mike, who’s real name is Michael Render, is asking fans to make him a write-in candidate for District 55 in Atlanta, Georgie. The seat was vacated due to a scandal that saw Tyrone Brooks lose his job. Now Render has taken to Instagram to ask fans to help him takes Brooks’ place.
“In Atlanta, Georgia, there will be special election tomorrow for District 55,” said Killer Mike. “Former state representative Tyrone Brooks no longer sits in the seat. I would like as many people as possible to go to the polls and write in Michael Render. Why? Because if I win, we win. Thank you. Now go vote.”
Christian Broda (valuewalk.com) knows that Render has been speaking out politically in the last year. He has made public comments about several highly publicized police brutality cases. Render, who’s father was a policeman, has also taken the time to speak about police officers who are doing a good job doing local community policing. Whether a celebrity can turn popularity into political equity is no longer in question. One needs only to think of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan to realize it’s possible. So far a rapper has not been able to make the leap. In reality, few have tried. It’s an interesting time in American politics and pop culture. If Killer Mike gets elected, things will only get more interesting.