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City Council Declares 'Killer Mike Day' In Atlanta

Jul 17, 2017
Rapper Michael Render, aka 'Killer Mike,' talks to reporters inside Bellwood Quarry where a big drill named in his honor will dig a five-mile tunnel to the Chattahoochee River.
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Happy "Killer Mike" Render Day, Atlanta.

On Monday, The Atlanta City Council named the day in honor of Michael Render, also known as rapper “Killer Mike,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Courtesy of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

The Georgia Senate honored Killer Mike on Friday morning. And the Atlanta rapper, businessman and political activist took the opportunity to speak not just about his involvement with Atlanta’s water infrastructure, which was the reason for the honor, but also about education, equity and opportunity in Georgia.

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There's a drill digging a tunnel deep under Atlanta. It cuts through granite six nights a week, all night long, 300 to 400 feet below the ground.

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Eventually, it will connect Bellwood Quarry – recognizable, perhaps, from scenes in the Hunger Games, Walking Dead and Stranger Things – to the Chattahoochee River.

Now, the bottom of the quarry, where the tunnel starts, is a construction site.

Rapper Michael Render, aka 'Killer Mike,' talks to reporters inside Bellwood Quarry where a big drill named in his honor will dig a five-mile tunnel to the Chattahoochee River.
Susanna Capelouto / WABE

The city of Atlanta is honoring rapper Killer Mike by naming a giant piece of machinery after him. A 400-foot, custom-built boring machine that will dig a key piece of Atlanta's water infrastructure will now be known as Driller Mike. The name was unveiled at a ceremony.

Killer Mike’s first reaction when he heard that the machine might be named in his honor, was, he said with a laugh, “Bull****.”

“I thought it was a joke,” he said. “I literally thought it was just a joke I saw on Twitter.”

As the reality dawned on him, he said he was flattered.