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Killer Mike says that hip-hop artists deserve credit for the decriminalization of marijuana.

Killer Mike, Sen. Ted Cruz discuss the state of the First Amendment at Washington Post Live

The Washington Post hosts its third annual Free to State summit on free expression, featuring prominent Washington Post journalists, scholars and cultural luminaries debating the biggest free speech issues in 2019. The lineup includes Grammy Award-winning rapper and social justice advocate Michael Render a.k.a.

On Monday (June 17), The Washington Post held its “Free to State” panel discussion, and Killer Mike expressed why rappers deserve to be credited for decriminalizing cannabis.

“We know that with national decriminalization of marijuana now, a lot of people are going to get credit for it—a lot of activists, a lot of workers,” Mike said.

“But I can show you a line that leads straight back to Cypress Hill, that leads straight back to Snoop Dogg, that leads straight back to people like Rick James.”

Killer Mike also stated that if the hip-hop community isn’t given proper credit, stereotypes, prejudices, and stigmas regarding cannabis use will continue.

“If it’s not duly acknowledged publicly—if the media isn’t pushing the line of that narrative, if the media isn’t giving us that freedom, if the media treats rappers differently than they do country artists—then you’re going to see a galvanization of what the prejudices that we already see,” Mike continued.

Check out the panel discussion above.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.