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Killer Mike Praises His Wife & Inspires The Youth After Accepting First-Ever Billboard Change Maker Award

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Billboard recognized rapper/activist Killer Mike for all of the work he has been putting in over the years to elevate the black community. He accepted the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award and he dedicated the honor to his wife, Shana Render. Watch his acceptance speech inside…

Killer Mike is getting his flowers while he’s still here. The Grammy winning rapper/social-political activist – real name Michael Render - received the first-ever Billboard Change Maker Award during the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which aired live from the empty Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

”The Billboard Change Maker Award honors the artists or group that speaks truth to power through their music celebrity, and community,” according to a press release. “They are socially conscious, politically aware, active in their community and charitable with time, money, and/or influence to improve the lives of others.” Killer Mike is no stranger to calling out police brutality, systemic racism and other issues that affect the Black community. Last year, he hosted a documentary titled "Trigger Warning with Killer Mike" on Netflix that put the country and its racist ways on full blast.

The "Run the Jewels” rapper was presented with the inaugural award by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms from the APEX Museum of African-American history, located in Mike’s hometown. Peep her introduction below:

The inaugural winner made sure to thank and praise his wife, Shana Render, for being by his side and keeping him in check because he said he would not be where he’s at today if it wasn’t for her. Aww!

The father-of-four also served up some motivational gems for the youth.

”Kids out there that sing and dance. What you do is worthy,” he said during his acceptance speech. “You are artists and your goal should be to express the very reality around you in the very most beautiful or ugliest of ways you see fit. Kids who run and dance and sing and jump and all that, all the things they tell you don’t matter – you matter more than you know.”

Check out his acceptance speech below:


Photo: Killer Mike's IG

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