Meek Mill found himself in a world of controversy for delivering a line in an unnamed song that many considered tasteless, including Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant. Because in February of 2021, Mill released a snippet of a cut that features Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, and in one of the lines he referenced Kobe’s death. “I’ll go out with my choppa it’ll be another Kobe,” rapped Mill. For those not in the know, a chopper is slang for a large automatic weapon, like an AK-47, that when fired sounds like a helicopter, hence the name.
Of course, many found Mill’s line super offensive since Kobe died in a helicopter accident around Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020, with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others. Then on February 22, 2021, Vanessa sent a message to Mill on Instagram Stories, published by HotNewHipHop, writing, “Dear @meekmil, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” she wrote. “I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.” Mill responded to Vanessa, as well as the overall backlash, and on the following day tweeted that he “apologized” to her offline.