Vanessa, wife of Kobe Bryant, late basketball legend, has slammed Meek Mill, American rapper, over his song’s lyrics about her husband.
The spotlight had beamed on the rapper after a line from ‘Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)’, his forthcoming song, surfaced online and went viral.
The yet-to-be-released project appeared to have made reference to the helicopter crash that led to Kobe’s death.
“Yeah, I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe,” Mill’s lyrics read.
TheCable Lifestyle had reported how the US basketball legend died alongside Gianna, 13, and seven others last year when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
The song’s lyrics had stirred criticism, with many accusing Mill of reawakening the ugly circumstances that led to Kobe’s death.
Joining the fray, Vanessa called out the rapper on her Instagram Story, noting that such lyrics were not only “insensitive” but also “disrespectful.”
Vanessa also disclosed that while Mill may have the intention of honouring her late husband, he did not use the right approach.
“Dear @meekmill. I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this,” she wrote.
“If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.”
Meek Mill apologises to Vanessa Bryant
Amid the backlash, the American rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, took to his Twitter page on Tuesday to let fans know that he has apologised to Vanessa.
He also slammed those criticising him over his lyrics, noting that he had no intention of hurting Kobe’s family.
“I apologised 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!” he wrote on Twitter.
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!Advertisement
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 23, 2021
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