Activist and Musician Faces Misdemeanor Charge Following Dispute at Crypto.com Arena
In a surprising turn of events, rapper and activist Killer Mike, who clinched three Grammys on Sunday, found himself in police custody shortly after his triumphant night at the awards show. A video posted by The Hollywood Reporter captured the artist being handcuffed and escorted away from Crypto.com Arena, where he had just received his trophies at the Grammys’ Premiere Ceremony.
According to Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesperson, the 48-year-old rapper was involved in a dispute inside the venue around 4 p.m. and has been charged with a misdemeanor. The incident took place shortly after Killer Mike won in the categories of best rap performance, rap song, and rap album.
Killer Mike was later released on his own recognizance at 8:37 p.m. and is scheduled to appear in court on February 29 in Los Angeles.
Backstage at the Grammys, Killer Mike addressed his age, asserting that it did not limit him as long as he remained honest about his life. He opened up about his past, revealing that he used to be a drug dealer at the age of 20 but expressed regret for his actions by the time he turned 40. The rapper shared that he started rapping about his past at 45, evolving into a man with empathy and sympathy at 48.
His Grammy wins included Best Rap Performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” which also secured the award for Best Rap Song. The track features collaborations with Andre 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane. Additionally, Killer Mike won Best Rap Album for “Michael.”
The Grammy victories marked a significant moment for Killer Mike, as his last Grammy win before Sunday was in 2003 when he, along with Outkast, secured the award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “The Whole World.”
Celebrating his third win, Killer Mike shouted, “Sweep! Atlanta, it’s a sweep!” The rapper, based in Atlanta, is also known as a member of the duo Run the Jewels with producer El-P. Beyond his musical career, Killer Mike is recognized as a social-political activist advocating for Black people’s rights, racial justice, and, notably, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid. He hosted the 2019 Netflix series “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike,” focusing on Black issues, and has been a prominent voice urging for peaceful protests during demonstrations against police brutality in Atlanta.
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