Meek Mill Defends 21 Savage’s “ASMR” Lyrics, Says Jewish People Own Everything in His Culture
Meek Mill has come to the defense of 21 Savage after the Atlanta rapper found himself hit with criticism for "ASMR," which is a song that finds the rapper insinuating that Jewish people make more money than other people. Speaking on the matter, Meek makes it clear that he views 21's lyric as a compliment.
"Jews have always owned everything in our culture from record labels .... our favorite teams ... our neighborhoods ... our clothing," Meek reads a tweet Meek posted yesterday (Dec. 25). "It has always been a compliment to say we was getting money like them from knowing the history of them overcoming hatred! I can’t wait until the day I hear a different race saying we saying we getting black folks money coming from being slaves in America! That would be amazing!"
On the I Am > I Was track in question, 21 spits some lyrics that reference the stereotype about Jewish people having a lot of money. "We been getting that Jewish money," 21 raps on the song. "Everything is Kosher.”
Another person that faced some backlash over the 21 lyrics is Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, who shared that specific line in a post to his Instagram story over the weekend. For his part, LeBron offered up a less detailed, but similar sentiment to the one Meek explained.
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” LeBron told ESPN after his Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday (Dec. 23). "That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it."
21 later followed suit, tweeting "The Jewish people I know are very wise with there money so that’s why I said we been gettin Jewish money. I never thought anyone would take offense I’m sorry if I offended everybody never my intention I love all people."
Check out Meek Mill's posts in defense of 21 Savage's lyrics below.
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