Atlanta Loves Killer Mike So Much They Gave in to Puns and Named a Tunnel-Boring Machine ‘Driller Mike’

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If you thought the greatest gift of life is friendship or love, you’re wrong. It’s actually having a tunnel-boring machine named in your honor. According to Pitchfork, earlier this year, Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management asked the city’s residents to pick a name for the new $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine the city was constructing so that they could turn a local quarry into an emergency drinking-water reservoir. The competition was stiff, and narrowed down to three finalists: “Driller Mike,” “Peach Beast,” and “Scarlett.” But today was a glorious day, and it was announced that “Driller Mike” won the contest. Of the honor, Killer Mike said:

It was the funniest thing in the world to me. 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.

Find images of Killer Mike and his beloved drill below. 

Atlanta Names Tunnel Machine After Killer Mike