Vanessa Bryant Calls out Meek Mill for Lyric About Kobe; Meek Mill Apologizes

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2021

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019 file photo, Rapper Meek Mill departs from the criminal justice center in Philadelphia after a status hearing.  Mill is due in court Tuesday to learn if Philadelphia prosecutors will drop a 2007 case that’s kept him under court supervision for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Vanessa Bryant responded after a lyric from Meek Mill surfaced that referenced her late husband Kobe Bryant's death in a January 2020 helicopter crash.

According to Complex's Abel Shifferaw and Trace William Cowen, Meek Mill collaborated with Lil Baby on a track titled "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)." In one verse, he says, "Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper, it be another Kobe."

Vanessa Bryant called the line "extremely insensitive and disrespectful" on Instagram:

Meek Mill tweeted on Tuesday morning that he apologized to Vanessa:

Kobe was traveling with his daughter Gianna and seven others to one of her games at Mamba Sports Academy. The helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, killing everybody aboard.

According to CNN, the National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash was "entirely preventable" as pilot Ara Zobayan "pushed the limits of bad weather flying rules."

Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death suit against Island Express Helicopters, which employed Zobayan, in February 2020.