After coming under fire from a local Philadelphia pastor for his lyrics on “Amen”, Meek Mill has apologized for offending anyone on the hit single, saying it was never his intention to be blasphemous. Pastor Jomo K. Johnson had called for a ban on the track, citing it as sacrilegious, and in an interview Meek responded by accusing the pastor of using this as an opportunity to get fame and publicity.
Recently while on 106&Park, the Philly rapper issued an apology to anyone he may have offended, saying he meant no disrespect.
“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,” the MMG rapper 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.”
After an on-air debate with Meek Mill, pastor Johnson had issued a “ban” along with a sort-of “diss” track, but once he caught wind of Meek’s apology he issued a statement lifting the ban. “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.”