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Atlanta rapper Michael "Killer Mike" Render knows the city isn't perfect, but still believes better days are ahead.

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While Michael "Killer Mike" Render stood next to the mayor and other city officials Friday, May 29, and pleaded for Atlantans to not "burn their own house down," some on social media were quick to point out that his T-shirt read "KILL YOUR MASTERS" in big block letters.

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Rapper Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, spoke Tuesday about the need for black grassroots activists to have support from their communities.

Render featured several prominent grassroots leaders at the Zoom press conference, including Judith Browne Dianis of the Advancement Project, who argued that the problem facing black Americans is systemic.

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Atlanta-native rapper and activist Killer Mike spoke out about Friday night’s protests in the city, and urged protestors to reconsider damaging property and land.

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As Atlanta-area rapper Michael "Killer Mike" Render stood in a face mask in front of Bankhead Seafood Market, he spoke of his passion for the Grove Park community.

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We're heading into the last week of January. Maybe you're still on a fresh start for the new year, and keeping up with your resolutions. But are your music playlists still cycling through last year's hits?

If that's the case, then you'll be glad to know that every month, Atlanta's Paste Magazine publishes a list of upcoming record releases to keep you up to date on fresh tunes. 


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The annual Music Midtown festival takes place this weekend. Through its 25 year history — it launched in 1994 — A-list acts like Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Elton John and Drake have all taken to the festival's stages.

This year, performing musicians include Travis Scott, Vampire Weekend, Billie Eilish and Lizzo. Atlanta native Faye Webster will be among them. First, she joined On Second Thought to talk about how, while still only in her early 20s, she's already released her third album — and to tell us about her musical journey along the way.


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MARTA is considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It's an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?


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If you see rows of trucks and traffic cones lining streets, they could signal new productions being filmed in Georgia. These projects, like HBO's upcoming comic book adaptation "Watchmen," contribute to Georgia's multi-billion dollar film industry.

 

Kalena Boller, host of GPB's "The Credits" podcast, joined "On Second Thought" to share her insider knowledge on new movies and television shows filmed in the state.


OST Third Anniversary: Best Of Show Pt. 1

Oct 19, 2017

"On Second Thought" is celebrating its third anniversary this week. The show launched its first broadcast on GPB on October 20, 2014. To celebrate three amazing years, we’re re-airing our best segments in a two part broadcast. Here are the best picks for today:

The story-in-progress of Run The Jewels is one of triumph. El-P and Killer Mike met in 2011, and after a fruitful collaboration joined forces officially in 2013, forming Run The Jewels. Four years and three critically acclaimed albums later, they have become one of the most unlikely success stories of 21st century hip-hop.

Haunted house rides are pretty corny — rubber monsters pop out of the dark while you spill soda between the seats. In this haunted house, the monsters are politicians, gentrification, racial profiling and corporal punishment.

The late singer Gregg Allman inspired many musicians like rapper Killer Mike, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls, and Mike Mills of REM, to name just a famous few. They shared their favorite songs by the Allman Brothers Band.

 

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The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic, may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common.

The 42-year-old rapper Killer Mike, of Run The Jewels, and the 75-year-old funk legend George Clinton, founder of Parliament and Funkadelic, may be from different generations, but it turns out they have a few things in common: They've both created music that seemed commercially risky at first, yet ended up transcending genres and creating a new audience.

Leave it to Run the Jewels to find the connection between psychedelic drugs and systemic disorder. The new video for "Legend Has It," the first from the duo's third LP RTJ3, finds Killer Mike and El-P tripping on acid in a police lineup alongside a rotating cast of unusual suspects: a nun, an "innocent" little girl, a fireman, even a clown-faced police officer.

Run The Jewels has always been heavy as hell, a hip-hop duo that can hang with leather-clad metalheads as much as the club.

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Atlanta rapper Killer Mike often infuses messages of social justice into his music. This past year, when he wasn't recording his next album, he spent time stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. We asked him to take a break from both by picking two of his favorite songs written or performed by another Georgian. He chose works by Goodie Mob and the Allman Brothers.

The idea of black capitalism goes back many decades. Civil rights activists Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey advocated African-Americans creating and doing business with their own to build wealth in their community.

This summer, the killings of black men and the Black Lives Matter movement rekindled campaigns to #BuyBlack and #BankBlack — but it's a call some supporters find difficult to heed.

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Rapper Killer Mike started out as Michael Render from southwest Atlanta's Adamsville neighborhood. As a solo artist and in his work with Run The Jewels, his lyrics often address issues related to social injustice. Lately, Killer Mike has been a familiar face on the campaign trail in support of Senator Bernie Sanders for President. He talks with us about his music, the presidential race, and his own political future.

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Atlanta rapper Killer Mike is determined to see Bernie Sanders in the White House. We talk with him about the presidential race, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and his music.