Meek Mill was met with controversy on Wednesday (February 17) after a snippet of an unreleased song in which he references late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s death surfaced online. The untitled track — known as “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” on Genius’ website — is a collaboration with Lil Baby, which finds Meek bringing up Bryant passing away in a helicopter crash.
“This bitch I’m fuckin’ always tell me that she love me but she ain’t ever showed me,” Meek raps in his verse. “Yeah, and if I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe/Shit, I could tell that they ain’t never know me/’Cause if they knew me they would’ve never showed me.”
Unsurprisingly, Hip Hop and NBA fans alike took to Twitter to blast the Philadelphia-bred rapper for his choice of words.
One Twitter user wrote, “He made a reference about Kobe’s death in the helicopter, meek is a fucking weirdo ass clown for that,” while another said, “Meek Mill been a clown but too say that line about Kobe & a choppa…… ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH???”
DJ Sourmilk of Power 106’s L.A. Leakers wrote, “I do agree that people are pussies these days and wanna cancel everything, but that Kobe line could’ve been swapped out.”
Shortly after becoming a Twitter trending topic, Meek sent out a couple of tweets on Thursday morning (February 18) defending himself.
“somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it,” he wrote. “y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….shit like zombie land or something! Lol. They paying to influence y’all now … its almost like mind control ‘wake up.’
Elsewhere in the snippet, Baby mentions Bryant in a line about wanting to name his kids after the Los Angeles Lakers great and his daughter Gianna Bryant, who also died in the fatal January 2020 accident.
“I made a promise before God, that want’ll never hold me,” he raps. “I damn near wanna have a son, so I can name him Kobe/Daughter Gigi, I done beat them odds, I wish lil’ one could see me/Tiger took the charge without a problem, there he ever need me.”
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