Killer Mike and Bernie Sanders Have a Barber-Shop Chat About Ending The War on Drugs

Michael Render, aka Killer Mike, is a hip-hop lifer. He's been releasing his own records for the past 15 years, and guesting on tracks from the likes of Outkast and Jay Z. But his biggest success to date has been as a member of Run the Jewels. Mike's not wasting his time on the spotlight: he's opened a chain of barbershops, lectured on race relations at New York University and MIT, and passionately endorsed presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders.

To help spread the word on Sanders' policies, Mike invited Bernie to his SWAG Graffiti's barbershop in Atlanta, and the two sat down for an hour-long interview, which was posted to YouTube in six parts.

At 9:27 in the video below, the two discuss the failed "War on Drugs", and how Sanders' proposed cannabis bill will change it.

Really though, you should watch the whole thing. Whatever your stance on Sanders' politics, this frank chat is a welcome antidote to the usual talking points and stump speeches of election season. It's downright refreshing to watch two passionate, engaged people talk about the things they care about the most.

Plus, it also contains the most adorably awkward fist-bump in YouTube history.



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