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Killer Mike is responding to the criticism he’s been receiving following a recent meeting with the Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp. The rapper told fans on Thursday that he knows “the road I follow is a hard one.”

This response comes as a tweet on Wednesday, which included photos of Mike’s meeting with the Governor. Gov. Kemp went on to say that the pair discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected small businesses and the music industry before also getting into how serious human trafficking is in Georgia. In the photos, Killer Mike can be seen wearing a T-shirt that says “plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize.”

“We look forward to seeing him again soon,” Kemp said about the meeting.

Folks on social media slammed Mike for the meeting. For some, it felt like a staged photo-op and came off as an unauthentic attempt of the rapper to bridge an alliance with a leader who certainly has opposing political views.

Others felt like it was slap in the face to Stacey Abrams who lost in the 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial race against Kemp with his alleged use of Voter Suppression.

After getting a ton of criticism from supporters for meeting with such a disliked politician, Mike pointed to the intention behind the T-shirt he wore in the picture.

“Only time will tell,” he said on Thursday when asked if he felt Gov. Kemp actually cares to ‘fix any of that’ with regards to issues the artist listed as being close to heart. “In the meantime, I plan to keep doing what was on that t-shirt I wore. We all must!”

Killer Mike has been a prominent and visible advocate and activist for Black businesses and progressive politics throughout his career. During this year’s campaign, we’ve seen him develop a bromance with Bernie Sanders in efforts to bring political change to working-class families and fight for social and economic justice for the Black community.

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