Killer Mike, seen above with Vermont senator whom he endorsed and has done a series of appearances and interviews with, may be the most visible hip-hop supporter of Democratic presidential runner Bernie Sanders. But the politically and socially conscious Run The Jewels emcee is not alone when it comes to hip-hop (and rock) artists who have shown support for the 74 year old Vermont senator whose polls routinely show a large following among both young and minority voters. No wonder since Sanders routinely addresses topics that directly effect or at loudly resonate with these members of these, oft ignored, demographics. These include slashing the escalating high cost of college tuition, demilitarizing police departments across the US, remedying the uneven ratio of young black and Latino men incarcerated, rescheduling weed from a class A drug, and going after the (currently) entitled so-called 1% by making Wall Street accountable for its central role in the 2008 financial crash.
Other hip-hop artists to publicly put support behind Bernie include Berkeley's Lil B (The BasedGod), Stretch Armstrong, and Z-Trip who 8 years ago had endorsed Barack Obama and done some speech remixes and teamed up with Shepard Fairey (another Bernie supporter). Scarface of Geto Boys fame believes in Bernie as does fellow Southern rap pioneer Bun B of UGK (RIP Pimp C), the Trill creator this week told the Miami New Times that Sanders gets his endorsement for being transparent. Some note Sanders track record dating back to his college days when he fought for housing equality in Chicago. "Bernie doesn't look or sound or feel like most of the faces that we see during elections. Bernie looks kind of like everybody else. I think that's something that's reassuring for people, especially in hip-hop," said Bun B was another guest on the Hip Hop For Bernie Sanders Podcast. Back in early December he appeared on the first in the series along with fellow Houston hip-hopper Fat Tony on the Pushermania podcast with host Matt Sonzala who utilizes Bernie's name as a way to address the issues brought up by the Democratic runner.