Not long after winning three awards at the 2024 Grammys, rapper Killer Mike was escorted out of the big event in handcuffs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s senior staff writer Chris Gardner, Killer Mike was seen leaving the Crypto.com arena in handcuffs. He had just won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for Scientists & Engineers, Best Rap Album for Michael. As he was escorted out of the arena, someone yelled “Free Mike.”
It was further reported that an official told someone on the rapper’s team he may be released later tonight from the area. It was later determined that he was being charged with a misdemeanor. However, it is unclear if he’s been booked at the arena or what he’s being charged with.
But it was determined that Killer Mike’s arrest had nothing to do with anything that happened during the award show. “It’s a big nothing,” a source told Gardner.
Killer Mike Seemingly Responds to André 3000 Remarks About Being ‘Too Old’ To Rap While Winning Grammy Awards
Just before he was escorted out of the Grammys by authorities, Killer Mike seemingly responded to André 3000 remarks about being too old to rap.
During a Nov. 2023 interview with GQ, André spoke about aging being a key factor to him moving away from rap. “Sometimes it feels inauthentic for me to rap,” he said. “Because I don’t have anything to talk about in that way. I’m 48 years old. And not to say that age is a thing that dictates what you rap about, but in a way it does.”
André then said, “And things that happen in my life, like what are you talking about? ‘I got to go get a colonoscopy.’ What are you rapping about? ‘My eyesight is going bad.’ You can find cool ways to say it but…”
While accepting his awards, Killer Mike quickly addressed his age. “For all the people out there that think you get too old to rap – bulls—. I don’t care if you’re 78 rapping about how many gals you got in the nursing home. Make sure we keep hip-hop alive.”
Killer Mike then thanked everyone who “dares believe that art can change the world.”
“Thank Dré, thank Future, thank Eryn, thank all the producers on here,” he continued. “But everyone in this room, it is our responsibility to keep using our imagination to shape and form the world. You cannot tell me that you get too old! You can’t tell me it’s too late! It’s a sweep!”