Meek Mill‘s latest lyrics about the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant has social media in a uproar.
It all began after a snippet of a forthcoming song with Lil Baby was leaked online Wednesday, with Meek spitting a controversial line about the NBA star. “And if I ever lack, I’m going out with my choppa it’ll be another Kobe,” Meek raps.
The song arrives just weeks after the one-year anniversary of the fatal Los Angeles-area helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
Fans who felt Meek’s lyrics were insensitive and inappropriate began to blast the Philly rapper on Twitter.
Another hinted that Kobe was a better rapper than Meek, sharing a clip Brian McKnight‘s 1998 single, “Hold Me Back,” which featured a verse from Kobe himself. “Meek Mill will never have bars like Kobe had bars,” the fan tweeted.
After seeing the backlash, Meek explained he was simply doing his job as a rapper and influencer of music and culture.
“Somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it…. y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….[stuff] like zombie land or something! Lol,” Meek tweeted. “They paying to influence y’all now. It’s almost like mind control ‘wake up."”
By Rachel George
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