Last week, Meek Mill found himself in hot water with local Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson calling for a ban on his song “Amen,” which Pastor Johnson found to be sacrilegious. Now, in a recent interview on BET’s “106 & Park,” the Maybach Music rapper apologizes for any perceived slights.
Meek said that it was his last intention to offend any of his listners’ religious sensabilities with the title of his collabo with Drake. Still, he said that he feels that neither the church nor Pastor Johnson would have ever approved of any kind of Hip Hop, regardless of the title or song content.
“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,” he 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…I did it just because it was a good feeling — that’s the feeling it gave me so I said, ‘Amen, church.’ I didn’t do it with bad intentions at the end of the day.”
Pastor Johnson responded to Mill’s apology in a public statement, lifting the boycott and saying, “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.”