KILLER MIKE ADDRESSES KAI CENAT CRITIQUE OF GRAMMY WIN: 'YOU GOTTA BECOME CULTURALLY RICH'
Killer Mike has a message for Kai Cenat and his fans: expand your horizons.
The Run The Jewels rapper stopped by the Baller Alert show on Friday (February 9) to share his thoughts regarding Cenat's recent comments about him.
After joking that he would "bring [Kai] a broom" after "sweeping" the Grammys, the "Never Scared" rapper shared that the popular YouTuber - and those who follow him - shouldn't be afraid to explore different kinds of art.
"I'm just gonna say to young people out there: it ain't nothing wrong with expanding, it ain't nothin' wrong with trying something else. You don't have to always be in the crowd," he said.
"As a kid, I listened to as much rock'n'roll as I did rap," he continued. "I listened to Metallica. I listened to Led Zeppelin. You just heard T-Pain do a rendition of Ozzy Osbourne, when he was with Black Sabbath. You have to become culturally rich."
Check out the full interview clip below.
Killer Mike's Grammy win for Best Rap Album was greeted with euphoria by the veteran MC and his fans alike, but Kai Cenat wasn't feeling it.
The popular Twitch streamer reacted to Michael's victory with a profane rant, seemingly shocked that it had triumphed over Drake and 21 Savage's Her Loss, Travis Scott's Utopia, and Metro Boomin's Heroes & Villains (King's Disease III by Nas was also nominated, but went unmentioned by Cenat).
"Who decided this mutherfucka?" Cenat yelled after a short prologue in which he congratulated Mike on his victory but admitted, "I don't know who this is."
"Who the fuck decided this mutherfucka?! Her Loss? Utopia? Metro Boomin? My n-gga!"
Beyond Cenat's outsized reaction, what some observers found notable was his admission that he didn't know who Killer Mike was.
One commenter called Cenat a "clown" for not being familiar with Mike, who first came to wide attention at the turn of the millennium after being discovered by Big Boi of OutKast. The Atlanta legend once told Trevor Noah that signing Mike was one of his "greatest accomplishments outside of being in OutKast."
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"The Killer Mike disrespect is so unwarranted considering everything that dude has done for rap," another commenter said of Cenat's reaction."
"Exposing himself as a casual [listener]," said one Instagram user.
"Go do y'all homework" was another typical reaction.