Killer Mike Keisha Lance Bottoms TI

Atlanta residents are wondering what the new mayor is thinking after she tapped two popular area rappers to be part of her transition team.

Rappers Killer Mike, left, and T.I. Harris, right, campaigned energetically for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, 47, who returned the favor by naming both rappers to her transition team.

Both rappers are registered Democrats who use their music and social media platforms to drive their political agendas.

"I am grateful to announce this 38-strong transition team," Mayor Lance Bottoms announced during a recent press conference in Atlanta. "It represents a tremendous amount of diversity and depth, and really the best and the brightest in the city of Atlanta."

"Run the Jewels" star Killer Mike, 42, shared his excitement about his new role via Instagram over the weekend, writing:

"Remember all those ig [Instagram] haters saying what they wish rappers and athletes wud do with their time, Money and resources. Well now that it's happening u can STFU complaining and get active locally to help me, (T.I.) & our New Mayor Make Atlanta a city where all it's citizens can do the same no matter fame or status."

Other members of Bottoms' transition team include UPS boss David Abney and Delta Airlines chief Edward Bastian.

Lance Bottoms is the 2nd female of color to be elected mayor of Atlanta.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Unlike most people, I don't think TI is precluded from being an activist because of his past. However, I do think he is an insincere opportunists and I don't find anything he has said to be particularly profound, let alone new. He's slick like a can of oil... I just can't support him.

  • KB

    I am really confused about these two being on her transition team. Killer Mike I can slightly get just wish he would go with his government name.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    If Trump can rely on thing 1 and thing 2 then Imma leave old girl alone with her vocabulary advisor and OG liaison.

  • SumthinSweeter

    Killer Mike is very woke and intelligent. I've seen him in a couple of interviews and was pleasantly surprised by how well spoken he is. Wack azz TMZ always has one of their paparazzi in his face with a video camera too and he has always came across as someone that I could see moving over into the political climate.. I'm for him... but T.I. well.....

  • hottlanta

    I guess TI is gonna be her speechwriter. We should get a video from Tyrese shortly saying where is my job. I brought yall coke product placements and everything.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    i tend to have a tough time trusting adults with baby teeth. so.

  • Dumb

    Ugh. We need to stop always trying to be “down.” Yes most of us have a hood card but this is unnecessary. I also feel the same way about “Hollywood” being political. Take their money but do not give them positions. Everybody needs to stay in their lane.

  • justlooking

    The old Civil Rights era is of the past we have to try something new. Will watch and wait. We must try something new.

  • hottlanta

    I know right. The next time I see Pence sucking all the oxygen out of the room with his azz kissing imma scream.

  • Breitbart_Savior

    Yep.
    Yes.

    Say no more.

  • Trey

    Now I see why Norwood contested the election...she knew this chic was gonna put rappers on her team....smh

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Now I voted for keisha but I’m curious to know how all these ppl suppose to help her transition? Talking bout TI for the most part

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Go take a cigarette break and come back ????

  • thrift.store.jungle

    fine ???

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    She contested bc she didn’t want to lose for the second time over 700 votes. Had nothing to do with rappers

  • 2telldatruth

    Yep he has some payback to give for that little sentence he got carrying those guns as a felon. I am sure someone will call upon that favor if they haven't already.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Tew much ??

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Adults with baby teeth and a gummy smile irks my nerve.

  • Trey

    I was being sarcastic

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    How is that her fault???? what can she do take out all the teeth and get new ones??? ???

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Ohhhh lol ok

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    NO just NO. I don't care how "woke" killer Mike is, or how vast TI's vocabulary is. NO! Well Mike attended Morehouse, he may be good for her team.. maybe he should revert to just, Mike, instead of "Killer Mike" but TI, NO! And I really hate that people voted for her, on the strength that's she's black or that her name is Keisha. I actually read comments that people voted for her, for these very reasons. ?

  • thrift.store.jungle

    same here auntie.

  • NicoleZee

    Mary Norwood should have won, she wouldn't be putting up with that shit. I strongly believe that Ms. Mary would have resolved a lot of city issues, with homelessness and panhandling being something I feel she would have worked hard on, as well as crime and cleaning up the city. Voting for someone because they share the same sex organ that you have or the same race is dumb, if they can't get the job done, they shouldn't be in office.

  • NicoleZee

    Bottoms must be from the bottom to entertain rappers and criminals that have no respect for themselves or women. Crying damn shame. This is why people all over the nation dog Atlanta. Most of the elected officials here are dumb and slow opportunists. Atlanta has become an embarrassment. Very sad.

  • NicoleZee

    She can get veneers from what someone told me. I think a dental hygienist told me that receding gums cannot be fixed.

  • shun king

    ATL is about to become more ghettoized than it already is

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly!! I don't care what political party she represents.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Periodontist can fix her up.

  • NicoleZee

    She's an opportunist who will smile for the cameras but lets see how much good she does while in office. I'm not holding my breath. I pray that Mary Norwood runs again and wins! If Bottoms wanted fame and notoriety, she would be better off in Hollywood and becoming their burden, not working for a city that needs a lot of help and none of which she will give. Sad.

  • shun king

    its awful and these people are held up like they are the representative of black people...and due to her "friendship" with these lyrical criminals you can best believe she will not bring up one word about the outrageous crime problem in Atlanta.That what lady was talking about locking all these thugs up but since she white folks rather crime prevail

  • dontgetblocked

    Killer Mike?? I like rap but I know when to separate it from my professional life. This mayor is starting out on the wrong foot.

  • NicoleZee

    I say lock them all up, if you don't respect yourself enough to obey the law, then you need to be in prison. I doubt Bottoms even cares about crime unless she becomes a victim herself. I actually spoke with Ms. Norwood years ago when she first ran for mayor. She was very passionate about cleaning up the city, including reducing crime. I'm tired of seeing trash on the streets, rodents (not many but they are still around), tired of the homeless panhandling and harassing people when they need to be in shelters. We need more shelters in the city to help people find jobs and get treatment for mental illness but that's too much like right. No one acknowledges the homeless unless they are committing crime. Sad.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The next time T.I. is arrested, he will say he works for the mayor's office and get a slap on the wrist.

  • Tlowe89

    What is a transition team.

  • NicoleZee

    Why did they even let him out??? These sickos need tougher sentences if they can't control themselves and obey the law. I heard that he runs a prostitution ring. So why haven't the feds investigated and put his sorry ass back in prison??? This country is way too lenient on crime. Our laws and punishments are a joke.

  • 88

    Politics is nothing new we've been trying it for over 100 years and have made 0.0 progress.

  • Ni Ni

    Did she appoint any gospel artists too? Im sure they do good community work and they're not promoting hoes, pimps and drugs... you know, what we ought to want to keep out the community?.

  • BadAss Will

    Those two artist comes off too aggressive in their beliefs for me to take them serious. All the bad decisions they make they actually think they're right. T.I. can't fix his home but gonna try and fix the city? Let's not mention his restaurant.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "I heard that he runs a prostitution ring."

    I wouldn't call Xscape a prostituiton ring.

  • kekeb

    This is for the benefit of the city period. Bankhead and Adamsville like many other Atlanta areas are suffering. Working class people should be able to have affordable housing WITHIN the city of Atlanta. Pharmacy techs, teachers, bank tellers, police officers, secretaries and other people with modest incomes should be able to have a CLEAN, SAFE, AFFORDABLE, HOME. I'm all for this transition team

  • NeverSurprised

    This decision tells educated voters everything they need to know about their new mayor. In TI, she is appointing someone with a long criminal history. One of those arrests was for assaulting. a FEMALE sheriff, so what does that say about the Mayor's lack of respect for her female constituency?

    TI's arrest record:

    *Manufacturing and Distributing Crack
    Cocaine (1997)
    *Battery of a (FEMALE) Law Enforcement
    Officer. (2003)
    *Probation Violation (2003)
    *Purchase and Possession of Automatic
    Weapons (2007)
    *Possession of Controlled Substances (2010)

    http://www.prefixmag.com/features/tis-5-worst-arrests-and-convictions/44340/

  • NeverSurprised

    The advisors who plan the strategy for transitioning from the old administration to the new one. Often, members of the team are offered permanent positions in the new administration, but at a bare minimum they offer suggestions on who should be appointed.

  • the guest

    I think the new mayor intends to appeal to the youth. But we forget that adults should be models for the youth to rise to, not adults pandering to the trends of the youth.

    I think TI means well but there just is no excuse for his blatant emotional abuse of his wife. I find him hard to take seriously because of that (even if his wife likes the abuse).

  • MsPam

    Yes Gucci Mane,NeNe and the Da Kang Steve Harvey got new teeth why not her?!

  • BadAss Will

    I agree with you %100 percent......

  • the guest

    Killer Mike is also a darling of white academia right now. He's the revolutionary voice of the moment if you consider him to be a revolutionary voice. Appointing Killer Mike is a power move and she's pandering to youth.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Bc she probably gon have the residents of this City pay for them and I’m just not up to doing that ???

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Veneers wouldn’t look right on her

  • the guest

    Seems the new mayor is what she is, a politician. She's politicking and will use her office to win favor with celebs. I think temptation of fame overwhelm some politicians. She may be old fashioned star struck.

  • the guest

    Thank you. When I see Tiny rationalizing, it hurts my stomach. TI outright hurts her but then turns around and stands up at a rally talking about fair treatment and rights. That starts at home.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I have yet to meet an Atlanta mayor who wasn't a groupie.

  • Tlowe89

    Thanks

  • BadAss Will

    It makes me feel the same way do picture how she feel. I been there, it hurts when your trying to rationalize with the one you lover but they fell to admit there wrong. Got me mad just thinking about it lol i hope he carry his self in a different manner with this position. Truthfully I believe he will. Giving him the benefit of the doubt. He's not a terrible person. Just husband. But did u read the Hollywood unlock article about him and excape

  • Wake up

    Everyone rather they have income or not deserve a clean, safe, affordable and decent home.

  • Wake up

    TIP is a try hard. He should stick to learning new vocabulary words that he struggle to pronounce and use in a sentence. He's very controlling and chauvinistic as well.

  • Darkandlovely617?

    That really should be their title ???

  • Wake up

    That would be too much like right for them d)evils.

  • Guesty

    Thanks for asking.

  • Guesty

    Thanks for answering.

  • Wake up

    Black people everywhere even in Amerlca are systematically and systemically forced to live in urbanized dumps.
    1. Detroit, MI
    2. Jackson, MS
    3. Baltimore, MD
    4. Chicago, IL
    5. Gary, IN

  • Guesty

    Agreed.

  • NeverSurprised

    No problem.

  • NeverSurprised

    You're welcome.

  • NicoleZee

    True, ain't no man trying to pay for old vagina when he can have a much younger woman for free! LOL!

  • ALLMINE?

    forced? stop having so many kids and leave the hood. u could move to africa one big continent of ghetto.

  • ALLMINE?

    in my lifetime vol.1

  • ALLMINE?

    omg

  • Pamela

    You are the type of Negro that educated Africans despise. You should have stayed in school beyond GED

  • ALLMINE?

    shut up. tell educated africans to form an economy and an amry and to build african universities.. everyone is sooooo educated ???

  • Pamela

    Blocked for being ignorant and wasting my time.

  • EMILY POST

    So predictable of the Democratic party i.... They latch on to whatever "Celebrity" they can because they have terrible policies. The party of Celebrity strikes again...
    They are the party that claims to champion women...Yet Democrats will appoint a rapper that owns a strip club. Yet the first group to blah blah blah about womens rights.

  • Deathb4life

    Call Flavor-Flav & ask him

  • hottlanta

    Like places like Peachtree City/ Cobb, Gwinnet and counties aren't trailer park ghettos. Just keep driving and turn right you are right there. They only show a few big houses for the illusion to think the whole county is of wealth. I am from the ATL I know betta. Me and other people who been here all our lives laugh about that everyday.

  • Malcom Flex

    Glad I don't live down south.

  • StoneColdLady

    There are 38 members of this transition ramble and we are having a detailed discussion concerning two of them. At first glance these two individuals My seem odd, but when I took a we minutes and reviewed some of the other team members, it would appear that the mayor has taken a cross section of her city in an effort to have a diverse representation of the people she now serves. It could be a good thing especially for the voices of those who are rarely heard. Time will tell

  • Tennessean

    EXACTLY. while the little folks struggling to get a dayum job! maybe there is a greater purpose im missing but i don't think i would still care.

  • Tennessean

    The list includes mostly CEO's...I guess since Trump made it to Presidency anyone really can be anything they want with the right mouthpiece.

  • Tennessean

    Make them money moves Keisha!

  • NeverSurprised

    Any successful transition team wants representation from various sectors. That's not the point. If she wants to include people from the music or entertainment industry, she can do so WITHOUT appointing a REPEAT FELON to an influential position.

    Atlanta was more than enough successful blacks from every sector that someone who REPEATEDLY breaks the law doesn't need to be tapped for this position. It is a horrible message to send to young people.

  • Renee26

    Considering the influence these rappers have on the younger generation I think it's a good move

  • Renee26

    You have really good points but they can't take away the respect that TI has in the ATL that will shape the progress the group is trying to make. Regardless of his past, that younger generation LOVES TI (maybe because of his past), he can always spin it to focus on the changes he has made and the growth he's made as a man. So many of those young people have already been in the system in one way or another so he can be that role model they can identify with....plus there's so many other examples that they can look to that don't have his background.

  • Renee26

    Hey, those strippers have a right to shake their asses without judgement

  • Renee26

    I thought they wanted to live on the outskirts of the city....because it's better than the inner city

  • Renee26

    He's very controlling and chauvinistic

    Agreed

  • Renee26

    DEAD

  • EMILY POST

    The way they present todays Strip clubs they are like they glamourized Prostitution houses. Democratic Party is getting in bed with all of the savory characters. This is the bottom that politicians have to resort to when they have no real solutions and they count on their voters not to have the knowledge and to just go with whats appears to be cool.

  • EMILY POST

    oh my lol

  • datjerk

    Geezus.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    NOT.... These children are in trouble...TI IS NOT A PROPER INFLUENCE!!! RIDICULOUS!!!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Hot Mess!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Old crusty dusty hype man lol

  • Renee26

    They've been in trouble... if he's who they look up to then he's in the right place to relay some messages and help chose the right people who will get through to them. to make them change their ways

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Hope it works out for Atlanta.

  • NY_Chick

    We can't never be happy when black folks advance. If she would have hired a white person black folks would criticize that. She hires two rappers who may not be squeaky clean but at least she is giving them a chance.

  • kekeb

    Why can't she just love her body and smile as is? Everyone doesn't want fake teeth. We need to stop putting each other down and start celebrating each other. Kisha is an educated, beautiful woman who has managed to make history as the 2nd ever black female mayor of Atlanta. She is good enough just the way she physically is, and so are you!!!

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Idc what she does with her body/teeth. I simply stated periodontist, because that's the type of dentist that helps cutback large gums. I will say that I'm concerned about her choice in bringing in a convicted felon rapper, that still raps about "trapping" and degrading women. I didn't need a history lesson. I'm a native of Atlanta. I also had the honor to take a class that Shirley Franklin, who you aforementioned, taught. Shalom.

  • MocaPretty

    Killer Mike I see but T.I needs work he still trying to use big words that he just learned the day before in sentences

  • Tennessean

    they need a chance? to do what?

  • Tennessean

    I totally agree. The message is clear in our responses. Not just on this blog.

  • NY_Chick

    They may do good work in the community. We can't always hold someone's past against them. No, they are not the ideal person but they are apart of that community and the community looks up to them.

  • AndSo

    " TI outright hurts her but then turns around and stands up at a rally talking about fair treatment and rights. That starts at home."

    Amen!