Meek Mill Addresses JAY-Z's Verse About Kanye West On Championships
Meek Mill released his album, Championships, on Friday (November 30th) and has had the internet buzzing ever since. In fact, a verse from JAY-Z, where he mentions Kanye West and his support for Donald Trump has made numerous headlines. Hov said on "What’s Free," which also features Rick Ross, "No red hat, don’t Michael and Prince me and Ye / They separate you when you got Michael and Prince’s DNA, uh / I ain’t one of these house n***as you bought / My house like a resort, my house bigger than yours / My spou- (C’mon, man)." JAY, however, took to Twitter to deny claims that he was dissing Kanye. In a rare tweet, he said, "The line clearly meant don’t pit me against my brothers no matter what our differences are (red hat) now go pick up Meek album . Drake and Meek on there together." Kanye then replied to the tweet and asked about a follow-up to their album, Watch The Throne. Meanwhile, Meek addressed JAY’s verse during a recent CNN interview. He explained that JAY wasn’t coming for Kanye. Meek said, "I don’t think he really goes after Kanye. I think he actually just says, ‘Don’t let him separate us like they did Michael Jackson and Prince,’ basically. Kanye came out of nowhere and just went ‘red hat,’ and that was kind of like against everything we represent … I don’t know what West represents, but coming up in the hip-hop community, we came up fighting and fighting for our rights for a long time. What that red hat represents doesn’t really represent what we’ve been fighting for our whole lives." Meek also said that he did not speak with JAY about the content of his verse before he recorded it. He said, "I didn’t talk to him about it – I just was like, ‘Yo, I had dreams my whole life of having a JAY-Z verse, being able to rap with JAY-Z, who I view as the greatest of all time.’ Whatever he did, I was just going to accept it, and that’s what he gave me … and I was happy with that." Later on in the interview, Meek addressed criminal justice reform. He said, "There's a lot of things in the system that clearly don't make sense. It's keeping many young black men caught up in the system without even committing crimes. I grew up in in America in a ruthless neighborhood where we were not protected by police. We grew up with people selling drugs in our neighborhood on our front steps. We grew up in ruthless environments. We grew up around murder. If you grew up in my neighborhood, you see seven people die a week, I think you would probably carry a gun yourself. I'm not the only one that gets found guilty for these things. Cops charge people with these things at an alarming rate. Pointing a gun at a police officer is suicide for a black young man. I never thought about committing suicide in my life." He also said, "A lot of people who go back in and out of prison are being stuck by a parole system or a probation system where not even committing crimes puts you back in prison. I learned from personal experience. I actually spent time with men that had 28 months in prison for $100 bail, and they weren’t even found guilty for their crimes, and $100 kept them in prison. We as taxpayers, even myself, had to pay money to keep guys like this in prison. It was for, like, a petty crime. So things like that never made sense to me. Even being on probation – I’ve been on probation since I was 19 years old. I’m 31 years old. Growing up in the system, I always thought this was normal, and I didn’t value myself the way that I value myself now."