When you consider his accomplishments as a solo artist, his impressive work with Outkast and totally being able to reinvent himself with Run The Jewels, Killer Mike deserves a lot props for his musical achievements.
Plus, he should be praised for having a strong presence in Atlanta’s political scene and being a business owner in that community, and seemingly a lot people agree with that.
According to the Associated Press, the city is calling a new 400-foot machine “Driller Mike,” and it’ll be used to dig a five mile tunnel, starting from a reservoir that’s 350-deep. The purpose the dig is to tap into 2.4 billion gallons water that the reservoir holds, and it’ll expand Atlanta’s water supply from a mere three days to 30. It’ll also allow locals to have safe, usable water for the next century.
Earlier this year, Atlanta’s Department Watershed Management held a contest and allowed residents to choose the name the $11 million tunnel boring machine. Then in August, three finalists were announced, which were “Peach Best,” “Scarlett” and course “Driller Mike.”
At first, the Run The Jewels member didn’t take the competition seriously and never thought Atlanta ficials would align a city project with an outspoken MC.
“It was the funniest thing in the world to me,” said Mike. “I didn’t take it seriously, because I’m a rapper. Cities don’t associate themselves with rappers, but I’m a business owner, a dad, an active member politics in Atlanta, so I was honestly honored that people in Atlanta saw fit to name something after me.”
You can check out photos the deep-voiced spitter standing next to “Driller Mike” below.
"I don't think a project this magnitude is happening anywhere else" –@KillerMike #h2o4atl pic.twitter.com/p4OEUS3RwV
— Atlanta Watershed (@ATLWatershed) September 21, 2016
Great day unveiling @driller_mike with @KillerMike and @ATLWatershed #H2O4ATL pic.twitter.com/cdv0ocMky3
— US Water Alliance (@WaterAlliance) September 21, 2016