‘Completely disrespectful’ – Social media descends on Meek Mill over Kobe Bryant lyric

Francis Akhalbey Feb 19, 2021 at 07:59am

February 19, 2021 at 07:59 am | News

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

February 19, 2021 at 07:59 am | News

Social media descended on Meek Mill over his lyric making reference to Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash in a leaked song -- Left Photo via bobjim4726 on Flickr | Right Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill incurred the wrath of some social media users and Kobe Bryant fans after he made reference to the helicopter crash that killed the legendary basketball star in a leaked track.

In the song, which features Lil Baby and is titled “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)”, Meek Mill raps: “Yeah, and if I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe,” Us Weekly reported.

Bryant, 41, alongside eight others including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas last year when they were headed to a youth basketball game. After the snippet of the song circulated on social media, Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was called out for the allegedly offensive and insensitive lyric.

“Kobe & Gigi Bryant’s deaths were only a year ago. Their family is still grieving heavily over them. The last thing they need is a ‘bar’ to be made out of their loss right now. Meek Mill always been lame, but this is a new low,” a Twitter user wrote.

As the backlash intensified, the 33-year-old rapper, in a series of tweets on Thursday, claimed the criticisms stemmed from people following a false narrative. “Somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it…. y’all internet antics cannot stop me  ….shit like zombie land or something!  Lol,” he posted.

In a follow-up tweet, the Dreams and Nightmares rapper likened his earlier claim to “mind control.” “They paying to influence y’all now … its almost like mind control ‘wake up’,” he tweeted.

His posts, however, did not help his case as one user replied: “I mean if they paying to influence us using you they need to get the money back. They could have found someone more high profile.”

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