Vanessa Bryant has broken her silence and called out Meek Mill over his controversial lyric that made reference to the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe and daughter, Gianna Bryant, last year.
Last week, it was reported that the Philadelphia rapper was sternly criticized by some social media users as well as fans of the deceased NBA legend over the lyric in question after a snippet of the song was leaked.
In an Instagram Stories post on Monday, the wife of the former NBA champion shared the lyric with a comment slamming the Going Bad rapper for his choice of words.
“Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” the widow wrote. “I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better that this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.”
Minutes after her post, the rapper, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, took to Twitter and wrote: “I’m going back savage in this shit … f#%k ya feelings!” The post has since been deleted and it is unclear if it was in response to Vanessa calling him out.
In a subsequent post, the rapper appeared to clarify his earlier tweet by claiming he had privately apologized to Vanessa and urged people to move past it. “I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public…,” he wrote. “Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving change the subject!”
I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public…Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving change the subject!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 23, 2021
Bryant, 41, alongside eight others including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas last year when they were headed to a youth basketball game. Meek Mill had earlier responded to the backlash after the song leaked by claiming the criticisms stemmed from people following a false narrative.
“Somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it…. y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….shit like zombie land or something! Lol,” he wrote on Thursday.
somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it…. y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….shit like zombie land or something! Lol
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2021
In a follow-up tweet, the Dreams and Nightmares rapper likened his earlier claim to “mind control.” “They paying to influence y’all now … its almost like mind control ‘wake up’,” he tweeted.