It’s only been a little over a year since the untimely passing of Kobe Bryant and his young daughter, Gigi. Although a little time has passed, the wound is still fresh for most, especially for his family and those closest to him. Yet, Meek Mill may have taken an extremely sensitive situation and used it in the wrong context… all in the name of “art”.
A recently leaked track from the “Going Bad” rapper has surfaced online that has incensed fans and critics alike thanks to a lyric that references the deceased Laker star. The unreleased song, reportedly titled “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” features lyrics like “This b**** I’m f***in’ always tell me that she love but she ain’t ever showed me/Yeah, and if I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe.” The track reportedly also features Lil Baby who also referenced both Bryant and deceased daughter Gigi that says “have a son, so I can name him Kobe/Daughter Gigi.”
Once the public caught wind of the offensive lyrics, a multitude of backlash ensued over Meek Mill. Washington Post reporter Michael Lee tweeted out his objection towards the Philly rapper stating, “I don’t know when I’ll be ready to hear a song that references Kobe, but I know it ain’t now & I know that line Meek Mill just dropped ain’t it. Let that man RIP a little longer & the next man who wants to try, work a little harder to ensure that your bar isn’t so disrespectful.”
I don’t know when I’ll be ready to hear a song that references Kobe, but I know it ain’t now & I know that line Meek Mill just dropped ain’t it. Let that man RIP a little longer & the next man who wants to try, work a little harder to ensure that your bar isn’t so disrespectful.— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 18, 2021
Meek, who recently had a run-in with controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, didn’t seem so “meek” in his response as he slammed the critics. Although not mentioning Bryant’s name in his tweet, he labels the public as “zombies” for following a narrative. “Somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it,” he tweeted, “y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….shit like zombie land or something! Lol.”
somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it…. y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….shit like zombie land or something! Lol— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2021
They paying to influence y’all now … its almost like mind control “wake up” 🙃— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2021
He continued on to tweet, “They paying to influence y’all now … its almost like mind control ‘wake up’.” Rappers are known to incorporate wordplay in their bars to enhance its delivery and impact, however, sometimes it can indeed be tactless. Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, took to social media on Monday night to express her disdain for Mill’s choice words.
“Dear [Meek Mill], I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” Bryant wrote on her IG Stories. “I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better that this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.”
Shortly after Bryant’s post, Meek Mill had a message of his own on Twitter. While unclear who or what Mill is referring to in his tweet he wrote, “I’m going back savage in this shit … f**k ya feelings!” He then added in another tweet, “Ion trust people gotta play it raw ……”
Meek Mill has now released a statement revealing he apologized to Vanessa Bryant privately and ask fans to change the subject.
I’m going back savage in this shit … f#%k ya feelings!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 23, 2021
I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public…Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving change the subject!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 23, 2021
Many fans found the ‘private’ apology to be insufficient since the rapper disrespected Vanessa Bryant’s family publicly.
You humiliated her and her family in public you should apologise in public !!— Brenda Sabana 🇰🇪 (@codedreamer24) February 23, 2021
Also… Get help.