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Can We Please Start A Campaign To Convince Rappers To Stop Bullying Meek Mill?

I was a high school teacher for three years. And after that an administrator at a University. And I ran a summer camp one summer. And before any of that happened, I was a school student for 17 years. My point? I know what bullying looks like. I know what it tastes like. (Unseasoned meatloaf.) I know what it smells like. (Chlorine.) I’m an expert in detecting and acknowledging bullying. And what rappers — and rap fans — are doing to Meek Mill right now qualifies as bullying. You all are bullying Meek Mill, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

So” I hear you saying to yourself in my head right now “how does Meek Mill qualify? He’s rich, he’s famous, he has a banging girlfriend, and he’s homies with Beanie Sigel — qualities that should make him impervious to bullying.” And you’re right. On paper, Young Rameek is a very unlikely candidate for bullying. But his status hasn’t prevented him from falling victim to what bullies do. Even Jewish-Canadian bullies with Carlito Brigante’s beard. Which is find a person’s sensitive/weak spot, and continue picking at and probing and bringing attention to it. In Meek’s case, it’s that he’s a battle rapper — a guy who made his bones in street freestyle battles in Philadelphia — who’s just not good at battle rapping.

It’s the cruelest of ironies, really. It’s like a kid who got a reputation for being a great boxer. And then you learn that he has no arms. Which makes you wonder how the hell he even got that rep. (Was he just boxing other armless men? Is shoulder boxing a thing in Philly?) But, although he possesses nan arm, he still has that reputation. Which is why it’s not considered bullying when bullies like The Game and Drake mess with him. Despite the fact that it’s been proven time and time and time and time and time and time and time again that there’s absolutely nothing he can do to defend himself. Because listening to a Meek Mill diss track is like watching an armless man fight James Harrison.

So, if you care at all about setting a good example for our children, lets stop the bullying of Meek Mill now. We need to let him know that we’re there for him. That we won’t stand by and allow this defenseless 29-year-old to be bullied. And that it will get better. (Even though his music won’t.)

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • The Game is super weak for this artificial beef. No one cares about anyone dry snitching on Sean Kingston. Who the hayle is Sean Kingston? Also, the rap game seems extra Charmin soft these days with 35+ year old men having all these verbal cat fights.

    • Glo

      I 100% forgot about Sean Kingston’s existence until this popped up.

      • HouseOfBonnets

        We all did tbh

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      • miss t-lee

        I did too until I saw the vids on twitter the other night.

    • Adrienne_in_MTown

      Like really. It’s super catty to go back and forth with another man on social media. There are boys in high school laughing at them. Real talk though, I blame social media for giving everyone and their cat a platform. Twitter fingers and beef make up a good majority of the news these days, and most if it just for free press. It’s like when they have new music coming out or a reality show premier, that’s the perfect time to start a social media beef. It’s lame and old.

      • How old is this man? You really out here ruffling feathers over some club schit? Doesn’t he have kids to raise? A 19 year old teen to questionably have secks with? Get a life.

    • KingsCounty

      I’m almost ashamed that Game is part of hiphop.

    • mssporadic

      Rumor has it that the Game was trying to deflect from the “leak” of his chex tape.

      • Secks tape? You got a link for me??

        • mssporadic

          Shade room. The video clips were on their Snap. If you can’t find it, you ain’t missing anything.

          • Awww. I figure since he had a nice size that he’d be working with something.

            • Deeds

              I googled it and it wasn’t nothing to it, because it was fuzzy and kinda far away, so you really couldn’t see anything except Game’s blurry a$$ and the ol’ girls legs in the air.

              • I saw. Super weak. I wouldn’t “leak” something so mundane. I’ve seen beetles have more interesting secks.

                • Kas

                  Laughing, but seriously do you have a link for the beetles?

        • mysstea

          *for science*

          • PhlyyPhree

            *for ME*

        • Cause I need receipts..lol

      • Nik White

        That might help his career.

    • I don’t care for this Game fella.I tried googling but I still don’t understand what the fella is upset about. Or I just can’t concentrate long enough to understand. I don’t understand how it can be cool to threaten to fight people on social media. At any age.

      • A light skinned DMX.

        • Kas

          Why are you insulting DMX?

        • DMX is actually crazy and will still fight you. The Game makes boastful threats but only gang bangs for photoshoots and album covers. I’ve lost count of the times this “Blood” has been running around in all blue attire.

          • Funny story, there was a round table on the radio one night, and that nights subject was DMX…
            One of his philly friends told him he was being talked about, he called in and threatened to come to the station. Maaaan I hollered!
            It’s all fun and games til DMX is waiting by your car…

          • Yeah DMX’S real name is Earl… you KNOW Earls will whoop yo’ ayus!!

          • cakes_and_pies

            DMX has 15 children. I is far gone.

        • Blueberry01

          I had THE biggest crush on DMX in high school. He was everything that I needed….

          • Smh @ you.

            • Blueberry01

              You will NOT talk about pre-crazy-arrests-drugs-Iyanla-Fix-My-Life-then-presumably-more-drugs DMX!

      • HouseOfBonnets

        In the beginning he was somewhat promising and his last album had some songs I liked but now he’s just on the road to become a lightskined 50 cent with thirst traps.

        • Kas

          What happened to 50. That first album and then cliff.

          • The Massacre > GRoDT. Curtis had jams for people who like jams.

            • Kas

              Hmmm

              • mr. steal your costco samples

                didn’t he lose like 100 pounds for a movie or something?

                his illiteracy beef with Floyd Mayweather is my favorite internet beef ever.

                • Epsilonicus

                  That one was prolly the best

          • Cleojonz

            Curtis Jackson was never very good. Beats yes, rhymes no.

            • Epsilonicus

              50 could tella good story on wax, i.e. Baltimore Love Thing

          • grabo2003

            He has good music out now.

        • mssporadic

          He songs sound good on Power; but I think his petty beefs with people overshadowed the music.

      • mssporadic

        Sean Kingston was robbed of his jewelry, and thinks the Game did it. Meeks snitched on Game and the police came to the Game’s house to investigate.

        Pretty much, it’s over something dumb.

        • Is THIS really the story? ????

          Bruh.

          • mssporadic

            Bits and pieces that I gathered from these internets.

        • Epsilonicus

          Why are rich rappers robbing each other?

          • Cleojonz

            Bruh, recording studio fees lol. One chain would cover that lol.

          • mssporadic

            They ain’t rich. When was The Game’s last real hit? I still think Meek is flashing Nicki’s money on IG unless he’s still in the game.

        • So. Meek told Sean Kingston that Game stole his jewelry? Do people outside of Game believe he told Sean this? Why would Game steal Sean’s jewelry? Why would Meek tell Sean that Game did it? Why am I even asking these questions?

        • Dwayne

          The police never came to game house he lied all this is a promotion stunt for his album Game is using 50 tactics it’s actually weak

  • RaeRae

    My 15 year old tried explaining this mess to me. He was going on about who took an L and something about someone needing to give up their ring. I’m tired of hearing about TaMeeka in some mess. Just sit down already!!!

    • Who is Tameeka?? T.I.’s Tameeka? Tiny??

      • RhetoricalReverie

        I think she’s calling Meek Mill a girl… because, ya know, that’s an insult.

        • Men are so simple minded. It’s amazing that this planet isn’t in flames right now.

    • Meek doesn’t do politics well, you ask him a question he gonna give an honest answer…the sad part is Drake was ghostwriting, Game’s people did steal that chain and he the one who gets the slander. Cold game.

  • HouseOfBonnets

    First of all don’t nobody care about this fisher price frozen dinner beef….. Anytime you got the throw backs from the 2000s giving staged clapbacks on the shade room with a Jesus chain for irony you and I both know it’s time to log off

    • Nik White

      “fisher price frozen dinner beef”. Thank you and good nite!

  • Glo

    Every time Meek gets into a rap beef, I wonder why people have to keep bringing up Nicki. Then I notice that they never actually have anything bad to say about her (aside from making allusions to sleeping with her). Then I wonder how Nicki and Meek could possibly still be together. And then I get irritated with the internet for getting me to pay attention to Meek again.

    • S A M E ! ! !

      I think any man who has to make mention of another man’s significant other for a punchline doesn’t have any substance. Also, who cares if someone else had secks with Nicki before Meek did. Ok and? Congrats ninja, you want a cookie for getting your paynus wet?

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    • HouseOfBonnets

      Ditto.

    • Conrad Bess

      She gets brought up because her net worth dwarfs his, and in this patriarchal society, a man is defined by his ability to provide. It’s one thing for Drake and Game to say it, but heaven help Meek if Nicki ever gets fed up and says it. Our egos are much too fragile.

    • SororSalsa

      The worst thing people have to say about Nikki is that she wifed up Meek, and he ought to be grateful for that privilege. But really…where’s the lie? Meek should be sending up thanks for the come up and grateful that Nikki didn’t make Meek stand behind her chair in this picture. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/972eb5f35f990ae06933d7039f722a9135abb8817d7f12367b664fc659320ff5.jpg

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Also Nicki makes enough money for the both of them…. Why can’t she buy him a decent PR team that will remind him shutting up is free? Because taking a L from the game is a new low point. Just saying.

    • TarheelBandB

      I’m pretty sure that’s the joke. That’s she hasn’t.

  • brothaskeeper

    “Because listening to a Meek Mill diss track is like watching an armless man fight James Harrison.”

    Goro wouldn’t fight James Harrison. As for the “beef”….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd62854d244b69d6333ff1388364d397d2bd528c1139d86e09d055dda2ef42d9.gif

    • mr. steal your costco samples

      Iono. Harrison’s arms too short to box with God.

      • brothaskeeper

        That never stopped him from trying, though.

  • Kat

    He so easy though…

  • KingsCounty

    Ya barely right about rap then when you do it’s this?
    Meek was the instigator in the Drake beef, so he wasn’t bullied there.
    And The Game is looking like a complete clown and actually helping Meek get out of the gutter.
    And lastly, aren’t you bullying Meek?

    • Medium Meech

      Nicki?

      • KingsCounty

        That’s the best you could do? See I actually listen to rap, and you can tell who does, and who doesn’t.
        Stick to dissecting frank ocean albums, this ain’t y’all lane.

        • Medium Meech

          African American…I suppose. I give not a fraction of a fuck about this beef and wasn’t commenting on it either way, just that the post was clearly tongue in cheek but you seemed so personally invested that you couldn’t even see that simple fact so I assumed you knew Rameek on a personal level…

          Also, don’t EVER come at my or anyone else’s rap credentials carrying water for Meek Mill, you’re basically Plaxico Burress in a gun fight.

          • Kas

            Cackling. If Ricky sees the Frank Ocean slander, there’s going to be slow singing and flower bringing.

          • Kas

            “African American . . . I suppose” – that was down right vicious.

          • Lea Thrace

            damn Meechie. you aint have to do ole KC like that….

            sike. needed to happen. #roundofapplause

          • KingsCounty

            See the way your comprehension is set up you think someone is carrying water for Meek, when I’m just stating facts for the misinformed, aka the casual rap fan who feels they have an air of authority over an actual rap fan, aka you.
            The critique is that as a fan of the site and a fan of rap, the rare times it’s discussed round here only a few in this comment section has those creditentials. Since this is the comment that ruffled your feathers so much that you were bothered to comment I know your not one of them.

    • Val

      “…aren’t you bullying Meek?

      That’s what I thought too. Lol I guess the post was at least part sarcasm? I dunno.

      • MsSula

        It was 100% full blown sarcasm. Loll.

    • PhlyyPhree

      *write

      And doesn’t saying Meek was bullied make the fact that he lost the Drake beef better for him?
      Also, both The Game and Meek look like clowns rolling in that gutter together.

  • I blame whatever caused the existence of Black men to walk around with Amish beards in Philly. I was down there a month and a half ago on business, and that look was all over the place. That, and the continued existence of scrapple. I don’t care if it comes in Turkey form. Just no.

    • Kas

      Don’t slander scrapple.

    • Medium Meech

      Muhammad?

    • Val

      I was very content to sit here and read the comments and not say a word until that Scrapple comment. Quit bullying Scrapple, Man. It hasn’t done anything to you and as some sort of meat product it is defenseless. Leave Scrapple alone!

      • Kas

        People have a tendency to talk real reckless about scrapple. I ain’t having it.

          • QueenRaven23

            so do you eat that during breakfast, lunch?

            • Kas

              Breakfast

        • Deeds

          Scrapple is gross!

          • Kas

            Excuse me?

          • AnswerMe

            Always takes me a moment to recover from my puzzlement as to why people think scrapple should ever be allowed on a plate for consumption.
            https://media0.giphy.com/media/h4Z6RfuQycdiM/200w.gif

            • Negro Libre

              Scrapple sounds like the guy who got kicked out of the country club consisting of hot dogs and sausages for not having enough class.

              • AnswerMe

                No class, perpetually drunk and drooling all over itself and vomiting every ten minutes. That’s scrapple.

            • Conrad Bess

              What is Scrapple?

              • Epsilonicus

                Deliciousness

              • AnswerMe

                Have no idea but have heard it referred to as “the scraps.”

            • Kas

              Hmmmph

          • Kas
        • Val

          Right. Why don’t they pick on some other food. Like Way too sweet Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Or chitterlings. Or hog mows. Squirrel.

          • Kas

            I though we were cool, but I see not.

            • Val

              Squirrel fan?

              • Kas

                No, though I do like rabbit. I have a wicked sweet tooth (got turned out by an ex gf) so I’m a yes on any and all donuts.

                • Val

                  Well, when you get ‘the sugar’ don’t say I didn’t warn you.

                  • Kas

                    Sugga but ok.

                    • Val

                      I’m from the city.

                    • Kas

                      Clearly

                    • Cheech

                      West Coast urban scrapple girl. You’re one of a kind, Val.

                    • Kas

                      She’s from the East Coast originally.

              • Squirrel is rather good, Val.

                • Val

                  I’m going to take your word for that, Wu. Lol

      • -h.h.h.-

        scrapple = crap ple = #staywoke

        • Val

          I feel bad for you, 3xh. Because your taste buds have failed you. You will never know the sheer joy of a scrapple, egg and grits breakfast.

          • PhlyyPhree

            You know Val, I’m always in awe of you.
            You are so insightful and intelligent.
            You have sharp wit and humor.
            Your eyebrows are poppin.
            But you eat scrapple so I realize that I can’t keep you on a pedestal any longer. It hurts

            • Epsilonicus

              You do not like scrapple? Who hurt you beloved? Do not deny yourself the greatness of scrapple

              http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me52diJl0m1rfr6fpo1_500.gif

            • Lea Thrace

              This is where I am with Ms. @disqus_QGKOTi1oX5:disqus .

              I keep her on the pedestal tho. Its just not high as it used to be. :-)

              • PhlyyPhree

                LOL. More of an elevated ridge or something.

                • Kas

                  Welp, more scrapple for the rest of us.

              • Val

                Hiya, Lea!

                *waves*

                Thanks for sticking with me. Lol

            • Val

              *sniff, sniff*

            • LOL them brows ARE on fleek. Too much so to knock her off any pedestals. Also, scrapple is amazing. So, there’s that.

        • Kas
      • I didn’t know people stanned for scrapple like that. Yeesh!

        • Val

          It’s good stuff.

          • mr. steal your costco samples

            Eastern Europeans will eat the messed up hog parts too. My pops will ride hard for a breakfast of fried up head cheese and scrapple. Then a lunch of fried bologna. I’m like how you gonna profane that pig’s remains three times in one day?!?

    • LadyJay?

      I’m not a fan of beards, but I like how beards are soooo Philly. I love the look when in Philly. Something gritty yet seggazy bout them.

      • I remember when hair dye, and a crisp edge to your haircut was a thing.
        Bigen, black-brown, number 58.

    • NonyaB

      I thought Scrapple was a drink??

    • Lo

      It’s usually a “Muslim” thing. We call ’em 5%’ers.

    • Epsilonicus

      Never speak ill of scrapple again

    • Nik White

      I learned about scrapple during finals in undergrad. Struggle food that didn’t kill me. It might be good but bacon.

  • #Philly’sFinest
    #Sawyer

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