Killer Mike Gets $11 Million Machine Named After Him Called ‘Driller Mike’
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 of 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 of 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 of the dig is to tap into 2.4 billion gallons of 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 of Watershed Management held a contest and allowed residents to choose the name of the $11 million tunnel boring machine. Then in August, three finalists were announced, which were "Peach Best," "Scarlett" and of course "Driller Mike."
At first, the Run The Jewels member didn't take the competition seriously and never thought Atlanta officials 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 of politics in Atlanta, so I was honestly honored that people in Atlanta saw fit to name something after me."
You can check out photos of the deep-voiced spitter standing next to "Driller Mike" below.