At the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night (Oct. 14), Killer Mike accepted the first Billboard Change Maker Award for his work as a recording artist and social justice activist.
The ‘Grind Time’ Rapper was presented with the inaugural award of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms from the APEX Museum of African-American History in Mike’s hometown.
“Kids out there that sing and dance: What you do is worthy,” Mike said in his acceptance speech, emphasizing to the youth that look up to him that they should use their talents and their platform to effect change in their communities. “You are artists and your goal should be to express the very reality around you in the very most beautiful or ugliest of ways you see fit. Kids who run and dance and sing and jump and all that, all the things they tell you don’t matter — you matter more than you know.”