Rick Ross doesn't forgive, but fortunately for his MMG signee Meek Mill, reverends sometimes do.
As reported here, Meek Mill landed in hot holy water last week when Philadelphia's Reverend Jomo K. Johnson called for a boycott of the rapper’s hit song "Amen," criticizing its mix of religious imagery and risqué content. After initially brushing off the controversy, Meek is repenting. On 106 & Park on Monday, while premiering the song's video, Meek Mill changed course and apologized.
"I wasn't trying to disrespect no religion or anything like that," Meek told hosts Rocsi Diaz and Terrence J. "My whole family is Christian. I have a half-Christian, half-Muslim family… If anybody feel disrespected, I ain't do it in that way. I did it just because it was a good feeling — that’s the feeling it gave me so I said, 'Amen, church.' I didn't do it with bad intentions at the end of the day."
But Meek also explained why the relationship between rap and religion is often so rocky. "People find all types of stuff offensive," he said. "I don’t think no preacher or no church approves of any type of rap music — because rap music, period, is a lot of bad stuff said. But at the end of the day, it's real life."
It was definitely a different tune for Meek, who last week criticized Johnson and the boycott in a confrontational radio debate. "This looking like you trying to get famous, or you need some attention, because you could have came to me and said anything you wanted to say," he told Johnson. "I mighta helped you. If you needed money for your church, I mighta woulda gave you that money. I mighta even remixed the song with Kirk Franklin. Anything you wanted to do. You went about it like you looking for attention and fame."
Following Meek’s mea culpa, Pastor Johnson announced that he was ending the boycott of "Amen."
"This apology was the condition for lifting the Call-To-Action boycott," Johnson said in a statement. "While I have made the choice not to listen to or support any artist that promotes blasphemy or misogyny in their music, I appreciate [Meek Mill] being willing to acknowledge his wrong. It is my sincere hope, that he, along with all popular rappers with their fans, will embrace God's total forgiveness by turning from the sin promoted through mainstream hip hop, and trust solely in Christ for salvation."
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