Take a popular musician with strong opinions, add in kooky ideas about how to bring about social change, and give him his own docu-show! That is precisely what Netflix has done in the case of Trigger Warning with Killer Mike. This hilarious series features popular rapper, Grammy winner and activist Killer Mike who gets the chance to test out his potentially far-reaching, comprehensive ideas on bringing change in the social scene.
The rapper host of the documentary style show takes this opportunity to explore a myriad of issues in America affecting the black community, from drug addiction to religious obsession, gang-related concerns and poverty qualms. He comes up with an often bizarre social experiment in every episode and posits powerful albeit controversial ideas about how to solve some of these issues and to clear misconceptions about them in America. He employs his social media standing as well as his music to address issues such as gun control, racial injustice, brutal treatment at the hands of police, especially against black Americans, and Netflix serves as the carrier to take his message to a wider audience.
The first season of the show premiered on January 18, 2019. It is produced by Elegant Elephant Productions, Working For Monsters, Friends Night, Fake Wood Wallpaper Films, and Debaser.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike Cast: Who’s in it?
The Netflix show, Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, is a thought experiment of sorts. This docuseries is developed by Michael “Killer Mike” Render, with Daniel Weidenfeld, Nick Weidenfeld, and Vernon Chatman and stars Killer Mike (aka Michael Render) at the centre. In various episodes, he tries to fix what he perceives as problems in religion, education, and more.
One of the greatest assets of the show is its superb supporting cast, consisting of many strange and odd people from Mike’s personal life as well as the larger world. People like Patrick Goines, or Mike’s friend Sleepy, a vegan crip gang member, and so on.
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike Plot: What is it about?
In Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, social advocate Killer Mike shines a light on the importance of literacy and deconstructs values of religion, gangs, etc. through kooky social experiments that are hilarious at the same time. Take for instance this one episode which works on the premise that white gangs like Hells Angels leverage their privilege to sell merchandise and capitalize on the fact that America is fascinated with wrongdoers, but at the same time, gangs like the Crips get demonized. As a solution, he creates the Crip-a-Cola brand of soda to be manufactured and marketed by the Crips to destigmatise black gangs and earn some revenue.