Meek Mill Apologizes For “Amen” [VIDEO]
Last week, Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson put Meek Mill on blast behind his song "Amen". Pastor Johnson said he was going to launch a call-to-action boycott against the rapper and any radio station that plays the song "Amen," tagging it as blasphemous, citing its use of religious language.
Meek remained pretty quiet on the issue until recently when things came to a head on a Philly radio station. Meek got his chance to address pastor Johnson directly, during a rather heated call to Hot 107.9 last week. Meek turned the tables and called the pastor out for making the matter a public issue.
Meek said, "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." It was a two way street and they both went back and forth on the issue. After the conversation, pastor Johnson went on with his plans to boycott the song.
HERE'S THEIR CONVERSATION:
However, as scheduled Meek made an appearance on BET's "106 & Park" and apologized for any offense the song may have caused saying, "People find all types of stuff offensive. I don't think no preacher or no church approve 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. My whole family is Christian. I have a half Christian, half Muslim family. The situation, the song, that's what energy it felt. And if anybody feel disrespected, I ain't do it in that way and I ain't drop the song with bad intentions. I did it just because it was a good feeling — that's the feeling it gave me so I said, 'Amen, church.' "
So far, it looks like pastor Johnson is holding off on the boycott. As far as accepting Meek's apology pastor Johnson said, "This apology was the condition for lifting 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.”
[EDIT: We had the "Amen" video embedded here for you to watch, but now it's been mysteriously pulled down...]
Was Meek out of line for making a song that include religious language? Or was pastor Johnson outta line for taking the song seriously? What do you think?