The Real Reason Meek Mill Is Receiving Backlash Over His Lyrics

The first quarter of 2021 hasn't been off to a good start for Meek Mill. Between hosting a packed-out show in Houston during a pandemic, arguing with people on Clubhouse, and reportedly giving a group of kids $20 to split (despite his net worth of $20 million), Meek Mill hasn't been a fan favorite for many social media users. 

Cut to February 2021, when the "Dreams and Nightmares" rapper made headlines for a heated confrontation he and New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine had outside of a club in Atlanta, per Page Six. 6ix9ine — real name Daniel Hernandez — later claimed Mill associates with off-duty cops, which some might find ironic considering the "GOOBA" rapper has faced criticism for cooperating with federal prosecutors in a 2019 criminal case, according to The New York Times.

Although many Twitter users found the viral video funny, it looks like many aren't laughing at Mill's latest stunt. In February 2021, a clip from Mill's unreleased collaboration with Lil Baby leaked online, and, unfortunately for the Philadelphia native, fans are furious over the lyrics heard in the snippet.

Meek Mill referenced Kobe Bryant in an unreleased song

Considering all of the controversial publicity surrounding Meek Mill's name, we've rarely heard much buzz about new music coming from the rapper. However, it looks like Mill is in hot water again following the leaked snippet of his unreleased song, "Don't Worry." The Lil Baby-assisted track surfaced on the internet in February 2021, Mill referenced the late NBA star Kobe Bryant in this line, per E! News: "Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper, it be another Kobe." 

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26, 2020. Social media users slammed Mill for his "disrespectful" lyric about the late basketball legend. One user wrote, "@MeekMill keep Kobe's name out your mouth, p****. You got punked by a rat #H**A**Meek." Another user tweeted, "Meek Mill is a piece of s**t for that Kobe line." Despite getting dragged for the Bryant reference, Mill tweeted a response that seemed to add fuel to the fire. "Somebody promo a narrative and y'all follow it.... y'all internet antics cannot stop me ....s*** like zombie land or something! Lol," The "Ima Boss" rapper wrote. In another tweet, he seemingly blamed supposed cancel culture and groupthink for the backlash he was facing: "They paying to influence y'all now ... its almost like mind control 'wake up.'" 

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their three daughters Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, per Page Six. As of this post, Vanessa has not commented publicly on the controversial lyric.