Rapper Meek Mill has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. Meek, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, has been a controversial figure for the past few months, getting into fights with Tekashi 6ix9ine, filming himself being cheap with some kids, picking fights on Clubhouse, and holding a packed show in Houston in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams is getting used to the hot water. However, he may have finally picked a fight he can’t win after leaked lyrics to an upcoming song with Lil Baby have the internet in a true uproar, because they make light of the death of beloved basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant.
Leaked Lyrics Cause a Stir
After Bryant and his daughter died tragically in a helicopter just over a year ago, most comedians and rappers have avoided making allusions to the athlete’s death. Although gallows humor is common and rappers often recall celebrities who have died in lyrics to summon their image in music, Bryant has seem inviolate. However, Williams recently smashed that tradition after leaked lyrics showed that an upcoming song with Lil Baby was going to be referencing Bryant’s death in a pretty blunt way.
UpRoxx writes, “A snippet of the untitled song made its way onto social media on Wednesday and people are furious with him for the way he rapped about the late Kobe Bryant.
‘I’ll go out with my choppa it’ll be another Kobe,’ Meek raps on the song.
The line was seen as highly insensitive, being as it’s been just over a year since Kobe tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. Upon hearing the line, people took to Twitter to condemn Meek for the line.”
#Meek and #Kobe are trending together on Twitter as the internet collectively takes William to task for his shocking lyrical mention. Music lovers and basketball fans together are flooding Williams’ mentions with shocked comments like, “Wtf,” and suggesting that Williams should get his a– beaten for the mistreatment of Bryant’s memory.
Meek is No Stranger to Controversy
In recent months, Williams has made more headlines being infamous than he has being famous. In mid-2020, Williams picked a fight with fellow rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, weirdly accusing him of a crime he was nowhere near. And on Clubhouse, the elite app where celebs are able to connect with both one another and fans, Williams doggedly and passionately went after a man he disagreed with, leaving onlookers stunned at his overreaction.
Williams and colleague Bow Wow also came under fire just last month. They and other hip hop artists held shows in Houston in packed clubs, as COVID-19 numbers were on the rise in the area. The artists seemed to shrug and point at one another and others in the industry as to who was at fault for the dangerous concerts, but Williams’ name will be forever tied with the incident.
Meek’s Reaction Seems to be Amusement
Instead of thoughtfully addressing the latest controversy, WIlliams’ go-to response seems to be amusement. TMZ shares, “MM’s already responding to the backlash by suggesting the masses are blindly following an anti-Meek narrative. He tweeted, ‘somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it…. y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….shit like zombie land or something! Lol’ He added that it’s ‘almost like mind control.'”
It could be cancel culture gone awry, or it could be that people are genuinely horrified by the way Williams treated Bryant in his song. Lil Baby has yet to address the controversy.