Killer Mike has spoken up multiple times in the months since the shooting of Michael Brown. And late Monday night, during a Run the Jewels concert in St. Louis, shortly after news was announced that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting the 18-year-old Brown, Bigga let his voice be heard again.
"Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor," Mike said, his voice beginning to quiver. "You motherf--kers got me today. I knew it was coming. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, and I have a 12-year-old son, and I'm so afraid for them."
"You motherf--kers on the other side of CNN; you motherf--kers on the other side of Fox; and you motherf--kers who we vote for and that control our lives -- you motherf--kers got me today," he added, continuing to break down.
The crowd roared in solidarity, as the Atlanta MC continued to vocalize his pain, relaying crying "like a baby" while he hugged his wife.
"But with that said, you motherf--kers will not own tomorrow," he promised. "We will not live in your fear."
"We know you don't value my skin, and we know you do value his," the rapper said, pointing to his white partner-in-rhyme, El-P. "But you know what? We're friends, and nothing is gonna devalue that."
The shooting and its fallout -- from the immediate protests through the grand jury's decision, and much in between -- have raised questions about police brutality and race relations.
"I can promise you today, if I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I'ma let you know this: It is not about race; it is not about class; it is not about color. It is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty; it is about greed; and it is about a war machine."
"I might go tomorrow. I might go the day after. But the one thing I want you to know, it is us against the motherf--king machine."