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Killer Mike Calls His Grammys Arrest a ‘Velocity Bump’

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Hours after he was launched from police custody in Los Angeles after police mentioned he was concerned in a bodily altercation on Grammys night time, the rapper Killer Mike mentioned in a radio interview Monday morning that the arrest was a mere blip in a triumphant night time when he received three Grammys.

“We hit a pace bump after which we head again to the occasion, man,” the rapper told the hosts of the Atlanta-based Huge Tigger Morning Present, saying that he had simply left his closing occasion in Los Angeles following the awards present.

On Sunday night time, his “Michael” received greatest rap album and one among its songs, “Scientists & Engineers,” took the awards for greatest rap track and greatest rap efficiency. The nominees he was up towards included a few of the hottest and lauded rappers of the second, together with Drake, Travis Scott, Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj. A prolific rapper who received his first Grammy in 2003 for his collaboration with Outkast on the track “The Whole World,” these have been Killer Mike’s first Grammys as a solo artist.

Particulars concerning the arrest remained unclear on Sunday. The Los Angeles Police Division said in a statement that he was booked on a cost of misdemeanor battery and launched after an altercation at Crypto.com Area, the positioning of the awards ceremony, however declined to elaborate; he has a court docket date scheduled for the tip of February. A consultant for the rapper, born Michael Render, didn’t reply to requests for remark, and the Grammys directed inquiries to the police.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that, whereas detained on Sunday night time, Killer Mike despatched a textual content saying that “overzealous safety” was in charge for the encounter.

The rapper has a nuanced relationship with policing: He has criticized legislation enforcement previously, rapping about police violence and advocating for systemic modifications to policing. He has additionally defended the police at instances, standing alongside the Atlanta mayor and police chief at a brand new convention in 2020, figuring out himself because the son of an Atlanta police officer as he urged protesters “to not burn your personal home down” when demonstrations escalated within the wake of the homicide of George Floyd.

On Monday, the radio interviewers repeatedly tried to get Killer Mike to deal with the dramatic second, captured on video, by which he was led by means of the sector in handcuffs, not lengthy after he was onstage celebrating his wins for his album “Michael,” his first solo album in additional than a decade.

Requested by the present’s host, Darian Morgan, concerning the incident, the rapper sidestepped what turned probably the most talked-about moments of the Grammys on Sunday.

“We partied all night time,” the rapper responded. “Ain’t nothing had occurred, man. However we winners. That’s it.”

Morgan pressed him for particulars, laughing as Killer Mike recounted the night time as if nothing significantly consequential had occurred. “I noticed you permit after which I heard you got here again,” Morgan prodded, main Killer Mike to softly change the topic. “Didn’t I look good? I used to be recent.”

Then, the present’s co-host, Jazzy McBee, made one other try, asking if he felt that the arrest had overshadowed his massive Grammys night time.

“We gone get again to the true query: How did he do it?” the rapper mentioned. “Three Grammys, 30 years within the recreation, 48 years outdated. Beat out everyone within the factor, man. He beat one of the best of one of the best.”

Ben Sisario contributed reporting.