Meek Mill released this searing protest song a week after black Minneapolis resident George Floyd died at the hands of a white police officer. He kicks the track off by sampling Donald Trump's August 16, 2016 campaign speech urging the African American community to vote for him.
During the cut, the Philly rapper reflects on his impoverished childhood.
Stomach growlin' like a AMG, goin' to bed, we hungry
He grew up in a rough part of Philadelphia and was carrying firearms from an early age.
I'm totin' Smith &'s and HKs and I just was a grade A kid
Meek's tough childhood represents the "otherside of America," which does not tally with the iconography of the American dream.
Meek Mill has become an outspoken advocate for US criminal justice reform following several spells behind bars. He ends the song with another sample, this time taken from the rapper's 2018 interview with CNN's Michael Smerconish on the morning of Championship's release. Meek speaks during the clip on behalf of "the voiceless young men of America" about his experience growing up in a "ruthless neighborhood... not protected by police."
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
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