“Amen” is the latest single from Meek Mill, Drake and Jeremih and it has attracted quite the controversy.
As soon as I heard this song I instinctively knew that this was going to cause an uproar with church going and religious folk in the United States. We all know how serious religious is taken in North America with a Jesus Loves You bumper sticker on every second car.
It turns out I was right. Religious references in rap and hiphop music is nothing new, but “Amen” is fundamentally about thanking the Lord for ‘bad bitches,’ ‘Benjamins,’ ‘good p***y,’ and promotes infidelity and drug use.
The song would have escaped criticism from the church community if it hadn’t used so many religious references throughout the track such as:
- the song title – Amen;
- the holy ghost;
- the church organ;
- the devil.
Now I’m not religious – but believe me, I’ve been exposed to the Southern Baptist church in my life and I know that if you’re going to write a song using Biblical themes and you’re going to preach the practice of the complete opposite of everything the Bible tells you to do - you’re gonna piss people off.
This track is a far cry from the intellectual “No Church In The Wild” by Kanye West & Frank Ocean (which I have previously reviewed) - which is a cleverly written track questioning and challenging the power and role of the church on a respectful and philosophical level.
Summary of Controversy
Philly native Meek Mill has come under attack from local Philadelphia Pastor Jomo K. Johnson regarding the blasphemous content in “Amen” and is calling for it to be banned on the airwaves.
You can listen to the heated words exchanged between Meek Mill and Pastor Jomo K. Johnson here.
The debate (which mostly involved Meek barking at the Pastor not letting him get a word in) reveals Meek stating:
- he doesn’t believe in God but his family does;
- he gives back to his community on a regular basis and takes drug dealers off the street;
- the Pastor should have approached him personally and he would have given the church money;
- the Pastor is looking for media attention trying to get up on his fame.
Pastor Johnson states:
- the track is hypocritical and misuses his power to blaspheme the church;
- he has condoned rape on a track.
If Meek doesn’t believe in God – he can fall back on the argument that he made the track purely to make money one could say he’s pimping religion to make a dollar. On the other hand how many Pastors, church and Christian figureheads out there pimp religion to line their pockets? Let’s be real.
Meek Mill is an ignorant fool if he didn’t think the lyrical content of “Amen” wasn’t gonna cause an uproar from the Christian community. His tone towards the Pastor is so defensive and irrational – I have no idea why his PR people didn’t construct an intelligent, rehearsed argument for him to deliver on air pre-interview. Rick Ross what’s the go there man?
Drake who features on the track is left unscathed because he’s of Jewish faith – brotha’s more than happy to take MGM money and I can’t knock his hustle – get yo paper baby.
Meek Mill made a good point about the reference to ‘rape’ in one of his other tracks – the Pastor came for him about condoning rape, however that is on some hypocritical bullsh*t coming for Meek on that – given the atrocious record of molestation by Pastors and Christian figureheads.
Miss Jia (blogger) has stated that the Pastor is trying to spruke his latest book which condemns Meek Mill and another which comes for Lil Wayne’s neck – this adds further fuel to the argument that the Pastor is seeking media attention and money.
The “Amen” video is true to lyrics of the song and depicts waking up after a night of partying with a group of beautiful women, Meek joining Drake on his Club Paradise Tour (which to this day I regret not going to in Nashville *real tears*) and even features the iconic steps from the film ”Rocky” - The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
There are plenty of cameos in the clip from rappers J. Cole, Fat Joe, Travis Porter, Waka Flocka Flame, Jermaine Dupri and French Montana. We also get shots of various product placements in the video from Puma sneakers to Skull Candy headphones. -PopCrush
I even saw my favourite Louboutins! *swoon*
“Amen” is a catchy track but it’s nothing spectacular – Jeremih and Drake definitely give the track it’s appeal.
In my opinion ”Amen” was written in poor taste, it’s created media attention which is great for Meek Mill’s album sales but doesn’t really do his craft or public opinion any favours. I mean look at the disrespectful single cover for goodness sake!? Strippers on a cross? Really Meek? What I wanna know is did Rozay really sign off on this promotional material?
I’m not even of the Christian faith and I’m offended.
Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih
I just wanna thank God
For all the pretty women he let into my life
All the Benjamins he let me count
Wealth and health, for my family
And lettin’ me BALL on these n*ggas
[Hook: Meek Mill]
Now it’s a lot of bad bitches in the building (Ooh, Amen)
A couple real n*ggas in the building (Amen)
I’m finna kill n*ggas in the building (Amen)
I tell the waiter fifty bottles and she tell me say when
And I say church (Preach)
We make it light up like a church (Preach)
She wanna f*ck and I say church (Preach)
Do Liv on Sunday like a church (Ahh, Preach)
[Verse 1: Meek Mill]
Bottle after bottle, drink until I overdose
Pull up in the Phantom watch them bitches catch the holy ghost
Everytime I step up in the dealer I be goin’ broke
Shorty wanna f*ck me I say get on top and rollercoast
And I lay back, she go cray
F*ck me good, but she no stay
Murder on that p*ssy let her boyfriend get that DOA
Get it? And all I get is Frito Lay
Plus I’m on probation, when they test me I just pee Rozay
Cause last night, I went hard, Peach Ciroc, Patron and all
Thirty racks on Magnum bottles, I think I was born to ball
Lookin’ like a million plus, fresh I’m out that corner store
Hater I be doin’ me, you guys should be doin’ y’all
I’m stackin’ money to the ceiling
All this ice that’s in my Rollie I be chillin’
And I just made a couple million
So I could take care of them children
[Verse 2: Drake]
Just bought my n*ggas some cane, so much it came with a plane
Bought my n*ggas some dope, so much it came with a boat
I just bought me a crib so big it came with a moat
For n*ggas jumpin’ the fence I hope you n*ggas can float
And I just hope that I’m forgiven for carin’ ’bout how they livin’
And loanin’ a little money and keepin’ ‘em out of prison
I ain’t lyin’ in my verses I’m just telling you the basics
Of growin’ up with your friends and becoming the one that made it, Yes lord!
All gold, man I got these bitches soul
Talkin’ bout these other rappers getting old is even getting old
Worry ’bout your followers, you need to get your dollars up
Me and Meek, young n*ggas poppin’ like our collars up
And good ain’t good enough, and your hood ain’t hood enough
Spend my whole life putting on, you spend your whole life putting up
Ain’t no telling when I go, so there ain’t sh*t that I’mma wait for
I’m the type to say a prayer, then go get what I just prayed for
[Verse 3: Meek Mill]
Lord forgive me for my sins, I’m just tryna win
And she a devil in that dress but if she knock I let her in
And if she knock I let her in
I had her up by 12 o clock, then 3 o clock she wet again
I’m screamin’ “Oh Lord”
That p***y good, that p***y good
I’m tryin to hold on
I wish I could, you think I should?
She got that million dollar body
Shawty my Bugatti
And she said she got a man
we keep it secret illuminati
(Got Patron On deck)
And Ciroc all in my bottle
(Push it all on here)
She was on that Repressitol
(She take it all off)
And I take her off
And this bitch spinnin’ like I hit the lotto
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How do you feel about “Amen” by Meek Mill, Drake and Jeremih and it’s controversy?