Wed. Feb 8th, 2023

Meek Mill has apologised for filming a music video inside Ghana’s presidential palace, following backlash led by the nation’s schooling minister.

Final Sunday (January 8), the rapper posted a snippet of a music video for a brand new, as-yet unnamed music on Instagram. Amongst different Ghanaian locales, the clip sees Mill traipse the convention halls and corridors of Jubilee Home, which serves because the official house and workplace of Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo.

Meek Mill shot a video to a brand new somg whereas in Ghana🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/q9ilza0B1S

— Wave Verify🌊 (@thewavecheckk) January 8, 2023

The clip – which has since been faraway from Mill’s Instagram – sparked backlash shortly after it was posted, with Ghana’s schooling minister Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa main the criticism in describing the video as a “despicable desecration of the Jubilee Home”.

Ablakwa, who aired his frustrations in a tweet printed yesterday (January 9), went on to declare that “All these accountable for [the video]… should be fired instantly.” He continued: “How do these specific lyrics from the president’s lectern challenge Ghana positively? Is Ghana’s seat of presidency not a excessive safety set up?”.

All these accountable for this despicable desecration of the Jubilee Home by Meek Mill should be fired instantly.

How do these specific lyrics from the president’s lectern challenge Ghana positively?

Is Ghana’s seat of presidency not a excessive safety set up? pic.twitter.com/Wwo2rbGIjl

— Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa (@S_OkudzetoAblak) January 9, 2023

In response to the backlash – which was additionally levelled by Ghanaian residents and information retailers – Mill took to Twitter right this moment (January 10) to clarify that he by no means “meant to disrespect the individuals of Ghana”. The rapper stated his intentions in filming the video throughout the presidential property had been to “[display] artwork” and “make the connection between black individuals in America and Africa”.

He continued: “To the individuals of Ghana no video I drop is ever meant to disrespect the individuals of Ghana… The quickest option to make connection is through music [sic] and I wished to try this with displaying artwork… im in my 30’s from America [sic] and didn’t know a lot concerning the life-style right here”.

To the individuals of Ghana no video I drop is ever meant to disrespect the individuals of Ghana …. The quickest option to make connection is through music and I wished to try this with displaying artwork … im in my 30’s from America and didn’t know a lot concerning the life-style right here

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) January 9, 2023

My apologies to the individuals if any disrespect! We nonetheless gonna push to make the connection between black individuals in America and Africa … what I’m attempting to do is greater than a video and it is best to see coming quickly! My apologies to the the workplace additionally!

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) January 9, 2023

In a follow-up tweet, Mill provided his “apologies to the individuals if any disrespect [was taken]”, earlier than explicitly apologising to the Ghanaian presidential workplace. The rapper later defended Akufo-Addo, who had obtained backlash for supposedly allowing the video to be filmed, writing that the workplace may not have identified “it was video footage after we requested to shoot”.

I don’t assume they knew it was video footage after we requested to shoot its a small digital camera and one child … in America we didn’t know this existed and was excited to point out as a result of they don’t present Ghana on our media a lot! So I’ll take duty for my mistake! Not intentional https://t.co/obDZb9Czu5

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) January 9, 2023

Meek Mill concluded the thread with a ultimate apology and clarification, writing that “in America we didn’t know this existed and was excited to point out as a result of they don’t present Ghana on our media a lot! So I’ll take duty for my mistake! Not intentional”.

Mill’s since-deleted Instagram publish promised that the music would quickly be launched, nevertheless it’s but to look on the rapper’s streaming service pages. Mill’s final studio album, ‘Costly Ache’, arrived in October, 2021, adopted by the mixtape ‘Flamers 5’ late final yr.

Round that very same time, Mill was considered one of many musicians to attend the digital signing of the Decriminalising Creative Expression Act, which prevents using rap lyrics in felony prosecutions and was enshrined into Californian regulation final October. Mill was joined on the signing by Killer Mike, E-40 and Ty Dolla $ign, amongst others.

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