Atlanta, GA – Run The Jewels star Killer Mike has been heavy in activism for many years, and sometimes that means meeting with opposing political parties to find a greater common ground for the community.

Such was the case in a recent meeting Mike had with the Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp. Gov. Kemp shared photos of the Wednesday (September 9) sit-down and said they’d discussed human trafficking in Georgia and how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected small businesses and the music industry.

“Today, Marty and I had a great meeting with @KillerMike,” he wrote. “We discussed how small businesses and the music industry are weathering the pandemic, the value of our skilled trade workers, and our fight to end human trafficking in Georgia. We look forward to seeing him again soon!”

The Run The Jewels rapper was quickly met with criticism for his decision to meet with the Governor, but he stood tall as he responded to dozens of tweets and reaffirmed his mission goes beyond the optics.

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“After I sought counsel from Community activists That I know and have worked with over 20 yrs, black judges and lawyers, black Biz leaders and my neighbors I absolutely did,” Mike confirmed to one critic when asked if he’d met with Kemp for his community.

“Absolutely,” Mike said in response to another who incredulously asked if he’d really met with him. “I pay taxes in Georgia and own business there. I’m checking up on my dollars At work. I also meet with my city council member, state rep and mayor.! I suggest all Georgians do the same.”

Mike is pictured in the photos wearing a shirt that reads, “plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize,” and he referenced it when asked whether he thought the meeting would even resolve anything.

“Only time will tell,” he said. “In the meantime, I plan to keep doing what was on that t-shirt I wore. We all must!”

Read some more of Mike’s responses to critics below.