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The closest thing we have to Tupac Shakur in the flesh is Killer Mike.

At 39 years old, Mike has the duality of not only being wise thanks to an uncommon upbringing (dad was a cop, mom sold drugs) but being keen and skeptical of every bit of establishment that exists in the world. Much like KRS-One, Mike was born to rap. His voice was given to this world simply to speak the truth and whatever sat on his mind. Few can be clear in their words and few can galvanize a group of people to stand up and do more within their communities and in their personal lives. Then Mike stamped these sentiments last night during the latest stop on the Run The Jewels tour — St. Louis, MO.

His words in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in August were poignant and to the point. His speech last night on stage just minutes after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson conveys all the emotion you would expect, not just of a father of two boys growing into manhood but as a man who has his own fears and reservations that his days on the earth may be numbered too.

His voice cracked, he brought up how young Martin Luther King was when he was shot and killed in April 1968. Mike, for his own physical stature made everyone see eye level with him last night. The routund boy from Adamsville, Georgia had indeed become a man — and in a way, one of the many voices on Ferguson that captures the pains of a generation.

Read the full transcript of his speech below.

“I would like to say Rest in Peace to Michael Brown. I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people out there peacefully protesting. I also give thoughts and prayers to the people who could not hold their anger in because riots are only the language of the unhold. We usually come on to Queen’s ‘Champion’, but I just got to tell you today, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along and kicks you on your ass. Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I heard that prosecutor. You motherf*ckers got me today, I knew it was coming when Eric Holder decided to resign. You motherf*ckers got me today. You kicked me on my *ss today, because I have a 20-year-old son and a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them today.

“When I stood on the bus, and I cried, and I hugged my friend, I said, ‘these motherf*ckers got me today.’ When I stood in front of my wife, and I cried like a baby, I said, ‘these motherfuckers got me today. You motherf*ckers will not own tomorrow, we will not bend to your fear, we will not accept your pain, we are not going to keep playing that race card, because we know you don’t value my skin. We know you do value his (El-P), but we’re friends and nothing is going to devalue that.

“There was no peace in my heart and I wanted to walk out to ‘Burn This Motherf*cker Down’. But I got to tell you, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, something said, ‘Just look for something [Martin Luther King Jr.] might have said,’ so I googled Martin King and Wikipedia popped up, and he was 39 years old when you motherf*ckers killed him. He was the same age as I am, the same age as [El-P]. He was a young man when you killed him.

“But I can promise you today: If I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I’ll let you know this: it is not about race, it is not a class, it’s not about color, it’s about what they killed him for. It’s about poverty, it’s about greed, and it’s about a war machine. It’s about a war machine that uses you. So as I go tomorrow, I might go the day after, the one thing I want you to know is that it’s us against the motherf*cking machine!”

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