Meek Mill Talks Kanye West, Drake, & Justice Reform
Meek Mill is on a new mission. After opening up about his opioid addiction and legal issues, the Philadelphia rapper sat down for an interview with Power 105’s Angie Martinez, where he explained what his new music might sound like.
“This is all new to me,” he said. “I’m just doing what it feels like God put me on this path for but I still gotta go back to being me. Bars is there. The personality is still there. I’m still there. I still got homies in the joint that’s going through it. I still got homies in the graveyard, family members in the graveyard. So there are still things inside of me, built up, that I might gotta address. This ain’t gonna be a Meek Luther King.”
Mill also revealed that he didn’t make any music in jail and that he hasn’t recorded a new song since his release. “If I would have made raps there, it would have been all about what was going on there and what I was going through,” he said. “I didn’t wanna come out with all my music surrounding jail time.” He added: “I still gotta express myself the way it comes out. I’m only gonna do it the realest way I know how to do it.”
Elsewhere during the interview, Meek weighed in on Kanye West’s recent controversy, the issues surrounding his judge, and the Amazon docuseries he’s working on with JAY-Z. He also explained how he may end up without a criminal record by the time this ordeal is over with.
Read additional quotes from the conversation below.
On Judge Brinkley’s Issue: “Self-hate. And Kanye too. He’s trying to get a positive message out. I don’t understand it. I see what he trying to do in some of the things, like when he speak about 50 people killing each other, black people get killed, a little girl gets shot in the head in the neighborhood and everybody turns their head to it. But if a cop shoots somebody, everybody march. I think it should be the same energy.”
On Kanye West: “He was speaking on some things that were true. When he’s talking about slavery, people had a choice, I disagree 10,000 percent. I don’t know what he’s talking about. But I know he’s trying to deliver a message for a better cause. What he’s trying to do. His intention is that. He’s just not informed enough to speak on some of the things he’s speaking on.”
On His Conversation with Kanye: “I’ve talked to him and told him out my own mouth. I ain’t feeling that. I listened to your music when you’re talking about, ‘I guess I should have forgot where I came from.’ Try to slow down right now. The last few days it’s kind of quiet. When I came home, I came home to that. I thought that was a marketing plan…That’s his battle that he’s going through, that he’s trying to win. I wish him the best. I don’t take nothing from him. This is somebody that inspired me. I got my own battle and fight on some justice reform. I’m trying to free the slaves.”
On Safaree’s Robbery: “I seen that. I seen him dropping his tears. That’s his battle he’s fighting. Everybody got their own battles. No disrespect to him or anybody that’s doing that. I’m not getting on none of these jawns crying, doing none of that.”
On Drake’s Support: “It ain’t really surprise me. We ain’t shoot each other or nothing like that. Nobody got hurt.”
On JAY-Z’s Advice: “JAY-Z told me that. He said, ‘Don’t get in the circus business.’ Ever since he said it, I even looked at some of the stuff I was involved in. It was definitely circus business. There might have been times where I’m getting high and I ain’t making the sharpest decision that I would usually make.”
On His Amazon Docuseries: “It’s also my life but it’s informing people about the situation and how it affects people…The narrative is definitely justice reform. #FreeMeek is retired. We should never see that again or use that again ever in life. Justice reform, I hope everybody continues to push for.”
On Legal Status: “If I get this case, I wouldn’t even have a record. I wouldn’t be a felon or anything. I’ve been on probation my whole adult life. I’ve never been able to come to New York without calling another adult since 18 years old.”