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Killer Mike, 2 Chainz talk about the Atlanta ‘nuisance’ ordinance – Billboard

Killer Mike and 2 Chainz appeared at a city council meeting in Atlanta on Monday (August 1) to speak against a proposed city ordinance they said could negatively impact local businesses and nightclubs and protect people of color. may be owned. Chainz, who introduced himself by his birth name, Tauheed Apes, noted in his remarks that he owned two local businesses, Escobar and Escobar Seafood, before handing the microphone over to his friend Mike.

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“I am so blessed and I also like to be a blessing to others, and that’s what my businesses allow me to do,” 2 Chainz said in the video of the appearance. “They need to take back some of the things they had on the ordinance. And I think crime is everywhere, not just in Atlanta,” he added, before introducing his friend Mike (born Michael Render) to paint the “big picture.”

Mike, no stranger to public speaking and passionate advocacy, is the right dove in the meat of the matter, recalling that he appeared before council on May 10 this year to speak out against the proposed bill, lamenting Said that “it doesn’t look like we’ve done much since then”. At the time, Mike said he talked about the importance of supporting local businesses and warned, “As Atlanta grows, corporations are going to be here.”

Rapid development in one of the fastest growing cities in the country means that “anyone has a nightlife,” and the rapper said that Atlantans have a choice: “It will own hard rock. [Cafe] Or the owners of Hooters or the owners of W Hotels, or it would be the little guys who went to Frederick Douglass [high school]…and Southwest DeKalb, and such schools.”

His passionate question was, “Are we going to keep Atlanta a place where locals can grow and thrive here?” He argued that at the heart of the ordinance hearing – which WGCL The report would allow the city to shut down any establishment it considers a “nuisance” after two reports of a “violent crime or conduct” within a 2-year period – an “opportunity for small, minority-owned businesses” will erase it”.

Noting the large number of athletes and entertainers that developed in the city as “business class”, Mike warned that when politicians come to the city “singers and dancers and club owners asking for donations and votes… also noted that the father of imprisoned rapper Young Thug also spoke to the council saying that he thinks the ordinance criminalizes businesses that are not tied to the crimes being committed. If so, was it City Hall that was the cause?” he reportedly asked.

The nuisance ordinance was introduced in April by Mayor Andre Dickens, which he claimed was an attempt to reduce violence at clubs in and around the city. Atlanta City Council member Keisha Waits supported the effort, according to WGCL, saying, “These are businesses that are habitual and violate city ordinances.” “We’re talking about a historical pattern of violence where law enforcement has received multiple calls.”

The network also reported on Monday that city leaders delay a vote On the ordinance for two weeks to review the matter.

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