Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson called off his war against Meek Mill’s single “Amen” this week, after the Maybach Music rapper apologized to anyone he might’ve possibly offended with the song.
The drama began last week when Johnson cried foul during a chat with a Philly radio show about Meek’s Dreamchasers 2 single, which features Drake. The Pastor tagged the song as blasphemous, citing its use of religious language, and launched a boycott to have it removed from local radio stations. Meek got his chance to address Johnson directly, during a heated call to Hot 107.9 last week. He called out the pastor for making the matter a public issue.
“This looking like you trying to get famous or you need some attention because you could have came to me and said anything you wanted to say,” Meek fumed.
After the conversation, Johnson proceeded with his plans to boycott the song but Meek made an appearance on BET’s “106 & Park” on Monday night and apologized for any offense the song may have caused. That seemed to appease Johnson — finally. “People find all types of stuff offensive,” Meek (born Robert Williams) told hosts Rocsi Diaz and Terrence J. “I don’t think no preacher or no church approve of any type of rap music, because rap music, period, is a lot of bad stuff 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,” he added. “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 and I ain’t drop the song with bad intentions. I did it just because it was a good feeling — that’s the feeling it gave me so I said, ‘Amen, church.’ ”
After Meek’s apology, Johnson issued a statement confirming he would call off the boycott and restore peace.
“This apology was the condition for lifting the Call-To-Action boycott,” Johnson said in a statement. “Therefore, I want to say as a follower of Christ, that I completely forgive Robert Williams for this song because Jesus has completely forgiven me. 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.
He continued, “It is my sincere hope, that he, along with all popular rappers with their fans, will embrace God’s total forgiveness by turning from the sin promoted through mainstream Hip Hop, and trust solely in Christ for salvation. Christ died for all the evil we have done and spoken. And it is only through repentance and faith that forgiveness can be found. I want to say thanks to everyone who chose to cover this story, and a special thanks to all those who supported me.”