Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, has a new credential to add to his resume.
On Tuesday, the High Museum of Atlanta announced that the Atlanta rapper will join its board of directors.
Killer Mike has been outspoken in recent years about his desire to improve the city. In 2016, a giant drill designed to build an emergency back-up water supply for the city was named “Driller Mike” in the rapper’s honor.
Last summer, the Atlanta City Council declared a “Killer Mike Day” to recognize the artist’s music and activism.
Killer Mike, who is half of the hip-hop group Run The Jewels, said Tuesday that he’s looking to bring a wider demographic of people to the museum.
“I’m looking forward to seeing more people from my part of town, people who look like me, at the High,” he said Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We’re thrilled to add these community leaders to our board,” said Rand Suffolk, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director in a release. “Each believes that a thriving Atlanta can only truly happen with a vibrant, contributing, cultural sector. Together they’ll bring extraordinary new perspectives, voices and talents to bear on our mission.”
Killer Mike said he’s “a product of the arts programming at the Atlanta public school system,” according to the newspaper.
In an Instagram post about joining the board, he said “thank y’all for the confidence and love always. I won’t let ya down!”
Killer Mike is one of four new members of the 85-person, who will serve three-year terms. The others are Jean Hanges, community activist; Keinon Johnson, vice president of urban promotions at Interscope Records; and David Park, senior vice president of Georgia-Pacific, according to the museum.
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Note: This post has been updated to include the statement from the museum.