Atlanta rapper Killer Mike is known for being outspoken and his attempts to use his platform to share thoughts and practices on how the Black community can advance.
However, a resurfaced tweet of the rapper referring to his hometown as Marvel’s mythical land of Wakanda was the cause for something of a battle of words on social media.
In the tweet from May 31, 2019, Killer Mike says, “#Atlanta is #Wakanda! Now think, move and act like it, Atlanta!” At the time it’s possible he may have intended for the words to provoke Black people to recognize the wealth and resources that exist in the city known for being “too busy to hate.”
But the issue of referring to Atlanta as Wakanda recently popped up when Killer Mike took to Twitter to boldly deny ever calling Atlanta anything other than its name.
“I have never called Atl Wakanda. I call Atlanta, ATLANTA,” reads the tweet in part. He ended by saying, “Don’t lie. Black power.”
On social, however, people had screenshots that suggested otherwise and proceeded to serve the rapper a reminder in the form of comments.
“Too late MF…now we watching YOU #saywhatyousay or shut up”
“I love you dude, but..” wrote a person so then accompanied the tweet with a screenshot of Killer Mike’s forgotten Wakanda tweet. Others followed suit by sharing a string of memes.
“Try some ginko or ginseng. May help with your memory.”
Opting to not turn a blind eye to the online chaos, Killer Mike responded by making light of the trivial issue.
“Black Panther was filmed here so Atlanta literally is Wakanda.”
While he may not be able to keep up with all of his tweets, one thing is for certain: Killer Mike’s focus is set on building upon Atlanta’s legacy of entrepreneurship and opportunities for Black people.
“We grew up seeing black ownership in our community, and we felt like if the city was going to develop, we should have some ownership stake,” said the rapper in 2020 while discussing his and T.I.’s redevelopment of a seafood restaurant in northwest Atlanta.