January 10, 2023

Meek Mill Apologises Over Controversial Music Video

American rapper Meek Mill has apologised to Ghanaians over a teaser of his yet-to-be-released music video shot at the Jubilee House, the seat of Ghana’s presidency.

The short video was released on Sunday on his Instagram page to announce a new song.

In the teaser, the rapper dressed in a white shirt over a pair of shorts appears with his gang- who were in similar costumes- in different compartments of the presidential palace.

The video captures them at the frontage of the building, in the main conference hall behind the presidential lectern and seated in an area rapping.

The teaser, which the musician sought to use to “show Ghana” did not go down well with a section of Ghanaians particularly due to the explicit lyrics and security breaches.

Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, media personality Nana Aba Anamoah and several Ghanaians described the development as a “desecration” of the Jubilee House.

 

“All those responsible for this despicable desecration of the Jubilee House by Meek Mill must be fired immediately.

“How do those explicit lyrics from the president’s lectern project Ghana positively? Is Ghana’s seat of government no longer a high security installation?”, Ablakwa asked in a social media post.

“I however, doubt anything will happen to whoever authorised it (if they decide to investigate how Meek Mill desecrated the jubilee house that way)”, Nana Aba Anamoah posted.

Others decried the fact that Ghanaians are denied access to the “security zone” whereas foreign celebrities easily get the access.

“If a Ghanaian Artiste wanted to record a video in the Jubilee House, will it be that easy?”, Natalie Fort, another media personality posted.

The video, however, was defended by a section.

A Twitter user by name Benedict Owusu posted, “Meek Mill shot a video at the Jubilee House and so what?”

Following the outburst Meek Mill pulled down the video.

Meek later on Monday apologised to Ghanaians and the Office of the president for his action in a series of tweets.

“I don’t think they knew it was video footage when we asked to shoot its a small camera and one kid … in America we didn’t know this existed and was excited to show because they don’t show Ghana on our media much! So I’ll take responsibility for my mistake! Not intentional.”

“To the people of Ghana no video I drop is ever meant to disrespect the people of Ghana …. The fastest way to make connection is thru music and I wanted to do that with displaying art … im in my 30’s from America and didn’t know much about the lifestyle here.”

“My apologies to the people if any disrespect! We still gonna push to make the connection between black people in America and Africa … what I’m trying to do is more than a video and you should see coming soon! My apologies to the the office also!”

 

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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