Meek Mill Diffuses Pastor Boycott of “Amen”

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
July 18, 2012

It appears that church and rap can converse peacefully, if not in full agreement, at least with respect and integrity. Meek Mill’s “Amen” was called under boycott by Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson for its “blasphemous” lyrics, a criticism that Mill did not get hooked on nor shrug off. Instead, the rapper released a considered statement on the 106 & Park BET show.

Meek Mill explained that it would be difficult to take responsibility for any offense that arises when “people find all types of stuff offensive […] 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. And me, I wasn’t trying to disrespect no religion or anything like that.”

The song “Amen” contains the line, “She wanna f**k and I say church (Preach).” Mill clarified his intentions, saying, “I did it just because it was a good feeling — that’s the feeling it gave me so I said, ‘Amen, church.’ ”

With that, Pastor Johnson lifted the Call-To-Action boycott. “While I have made the choice not to listen to or support any artist that promotes blasphemy or misogyny in their music, I appreciate Mr. Williams 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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