MEEK Mill has been slammed for referencing Kobe Bryant's death in his "disrespectful" new song.
The rapper appears to say, "If I ever lack I'm going out with my choppa, it be another Kobe", in a preview of the track, Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe).
The song – which features Lil Baby – comes just three weeks after Kobe's family, friends and fans marked the first anniversary of his and daughter Gianna's tragic deaths.
The NBA legend and his daughter were killed alongside seven others in a helicopter crash in LA in January 2020.
Meek hasn't directly addressed the backlash, but he did tweet on Thursday morning: "Somebody promo a narrative and y’all follow it.
"Y’all internet antics cannot stop me ….s**t like zombie land or something! Lol."
He added: "They paying to influence y’all now … its almost like mind control “wake up” [sic]."
The 33-year-old was shut down by fans, with one writing: "In my opinion it was disrespectful and distasteful.
"A lot of people died in that accident and a lot of people are still torn up. Some people just don’t understand that it’s inappropriate."
Another added: "This is just inexcusable. Even if this bar wasn’t made to be disrespectful he obviously knew that people would be offended and he still dropped it."
A third posted: "Bruh you got some explaining to do about that line tho [sic]."
Meek has hit the headlines this year for clashing with Tekashi 6ix9ine and causing arguments on the Clubhouse app,
Kobe, who retired in 2016 after 20 years in the NBA, died after the chopper plunged 1,000ft in seconds after the pilot tried to escape foggy conditions in Calabasas, California, on January 26 last year.
He began using a helicopter while still playing for the LA Lakers so as to shorten his commute and enable him to spend more time with his family.
The sports legend is survived by wife Vanessa – who he married in 2001 – and their three daughters Natalia, now 17, Bianka, four, and Capri, one.
Vanessa paid tribute to her late husband on the anniversary of his death, writing: "I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too.
"I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings.
"It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!"
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