Every year, celebrities, press and politicians -- including the President of the United States -- attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner. And this year, hip-hop will be in the building, represented by one of it's most vocal and active artists.
Killer Mike will be attending the event, which is set to take place Saturday night, as a guest of The Huffington Post, according to the Washington Post. The list of other celeb guests will reportedly include Kerry Washington, Pete Wentz, Brody Jenner, Naya Rivera and more.
For years, Bigga has been vocal on issues of importance in his community and the country as a whole, both within his music and in interviews. That effort has only intensified recently. Last year, he addressed Michael Brown's shooting on CNN; spoke honestly and passionately onstage in concert the night of the grand jury verdict; and supported St. Louis Rams players who put their hands up in solidarity with the Brown and the movement his death sparked. And that's not to mention albums like 2012's R.A.P. Music and his Run the Jewels projects.
Though he's a vet who first emerged over a decade ago alongside Outkast, the appreciation for Mike seems to have grown in recent years, thanks especially to his work with El-P as Run the Jewels. A special nod came last month, when Kendrick Lamar shouted him out on "Hood Politics," rapping, “Critics wanna mention that they miss when hip-hop was rappin’/ Motherf--ker if you did, then Killer Mike would be platinum.”
“For me it was an honor," the Atlanta native told MTV News. "I’m a big fan of Kendrick. I didn’t know he listened to me, I suspected maybe he did. I’m glad it was confirmed in such a huge and complimentary way. I just want to thank him."
Now, he's got a busy weekend ahead of him. On Friday, he'll be heading to MIT to give a lecture on race relations, before hitting the dinner on Saturday. Mike seems to be feeling pretty good about the invite, too.
"For all the Teachers that said a n---a won't gone be sh-t. LoL ha! Jokes on You, Jack!" he wrote on Instagram. "My Black Ass Going to da White House! LoL naw for real tho. Thank u to Miss Ellison BecuZ of your Class I learned to love civics and this Great Republic! #BadKidRepping #ManIwishBittieandWillieCudCMe."