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Meek Mill and Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson got into a fiery debate on QDeezy’s Hot 107.9 radio show yesterday [July 11] in response to the local clergyman’s intentions to organize a radio ban of the Maybach Music Group rapper's mixtape single "Amen."
With Johnson in studio and Meek calling in via phone, the conversation grew tense as Meek questioned why Pastor Johnson singled him out among the glut of rappers in Philly.
"Why are you zeroing out on me?" Meek asked. "We have over 100 rappers in Philadelphia. Why is you zeroing out on me? Because I’m the most famous and I’m the most current. You look like you want attention. I never see you say this about no other rapper in Philly. And it’s a hundred more of them right now."
A proud Philly native, Meek pointed out his record of giving back to the community.
"The way I’m looking at it, you want to be famous or you trying to get your church some money," Meek said. "If you want that, you could’ve came to me and said that. Or we could’ve had a talk about this. I’m out here feeding my family. For you to be talking about you trying to ban me, I done took 20-30 drug dealers off the street. I’m out here passing those coats out to them kids. Where was you at?"
With the conversation growing more heated and out of control, things took a bizarre turn as Pastor Johnson asked Meek if he had ever raped a woman. He went on to accuse the rising rap star of endorsing violence and rape in his music.
"Mr. Mill, when your music promotes rape, violence and blasphemy, that is wrong," Johnson railed. "That is wrong and you are accountable for your words. And if you blaspheme Jesus Christ, me as a follower of the son of God, I have the right to say that’s wrong and that’s what I’m saying right now."
It's Pastor Johnson's belief that Meek's good does not outweigh his sin.
"My goal is to tell people about Jesus Christ, so that they can be rescued from the violence that you promote in your music," the pastor continued. "Listen, I recognize that you are a talented artist, but you are using your gifts for a wrong purpose. A person who passes out turkey but yet promotes violence, rape, theft and blasphemy in their music, what’s the purpose and point? What’s the point? You say in your song that you will rape a woman."
Not much was resolved during the heated discussion and the pastor will continue on his mission calling for a boycott of Meek Mill’s Drake-assisted smash, "Amen." Johnson has already released an e-book titled No Amen: Why Boycotting Meek Mill Will Help Save Hip Hop.
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