Meek Mill has a certified urban radio hit with his Drake-assisted mixtape single "Amen," but one pastor from his hometown is calling the song out for its less than holy lyrical content. The church-inspired track — on which Mill expresses his gratitude for money, women and expensive alcohol over an organ loop — has been emphatically denounced by Reverend Jomo K. Johnson of North Philadelphia, who recently published the e-book No Amen: Why Boycotting Meek Mill Will Help Save Hip Hop.
"I’m a hip hop fan, but I believe there is a need to really call him out and say enough is enough," Johnson told the Philadelphia Daily News. "He seems to really be using the church as a backdrop and a parallel for some of the sinful things that he does."
The reverend has called for Christians to reject the 23-year-old Maybach Music star's music and even proclaimed to have revoked his "hood pass."
"I want to encourage every rap fan in Philadelphia who is a believer in Jesus Christ, to boycott Meek Mill until he acknowledges this blatant disrespect,” he said. “And being resident of North Philadelphia and pastor, I revoke Meek’s ‘hood pass’ until this happens.”
Meek Mill isn't the first rapper to have inspired such a crusade by Johnson. Last year, the pastor published a polemic against the music and message of Lil Wayne titled Deadest Rapper Alive: The Rise of Lil Wayne and the Fall of Urban Youth.
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