Despite a heated debate with Pastor Jomo K. Johnson on Philly radio recently, in which he defended his latest single “Amen,” Meek Mill is apologizing to anybody that he’s offended with the song.
According to WPGC.com, the rapper issued a public apology in a recent interview on BET’s “106 & Park,” saying he had no intentions to offend his listeners or their religious sensibilities with the title of his Drake-assisted single, or its content. However, he still 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,” Meek explained. “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,” he continued.
In response to Meek’s apology, Pastor Johnson responded in a public statement, saying he has lifted the “Amen” boycott because “an apology” was a condition of the ban being removed.
“This apology was the condition for lifting the Call-to-Action boycott,” John said. “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.”
The MMG rapper dropped the official music video for “Amen” on Monday (July 16).
Since the initial release of the single, Johnson called for a national boycott of the Drake-featured record, calling it “blasphemous” for its re-purposing of religious imagery in a celebratory anthem. In the song, Meek spits: “she wanna f*** and I say church (Preach).”
Bars such as these prompted the pastor to come forward. Meek previously accused Johnson of trying to gain fame by publicly calling him out, instead of approaching him privately.