Rapper Meek Mill takes on North Philly pastor

My column in Tuesday’s Daily News about a North Philly minister’s call for a boycott of rapper Meek Mill’s new song “Amen” sparked an on-air showdown between the home-grown entertainer and Jomo Johnson.

Mill, whose given name is Robert Williams, came on strong against Johnson, accusing him of trying to make a name for himself: “From my understanding…it’s looking like you’re trying to get famous or you need some attention because you could have came to me and said anything you wanted to say.  I might have helped you. If you wanted some money for your church or whatever, I might have would have gave you that money. Or I mighta even woulda remixed a song with Kirk Franklin or anything you wanted to do or however you wanted to do it. You went about it and you went like you were looking for attention and fame right now. That’s the way it’s looking to me.”  

Johnson, who pastors the Philly Open Air Church, didn’t back down. The 32-year-old minister  responded, saying: “The word of God says, ‘what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?’ And Mr. Robert Williams I’m so glad to be able to talk to you. And my plea to you is to turn from sin, turn from blasphemy turn from unrighteousness that you are purporting in your music. Turn to Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. It doesn’t matter how much money you get, without Jesus Christ you will be lost eternally. My hope is that you come to know Him. I have a desire to see you see saved. I’ve been through some of the same things you’ve been through. I did four years incarcerated. God changed my life. He can change yours….”

The conversation, which took place Tuesday afternoon on 107.9, got even more interesting as Johnson talked about having served a four-year prison term for assaulting a police officer. Mill responded saying: : “…Did I judge you or anybody judge you about what you did to an officer or how you did it? I been found guilty of the same thing you been doing, the same thing you did…Nah, I got an even lighter charge than aggravated assault. So, your record is worse than mine, basically. You know what I’m saying? Listen though. I’m not hear to judge you about on the things you do and all. The way I’m looking at it, you want to be famous or you want to get your church some money. If you want that you could have came to me and said that. We could have had a talk about it. I’m out here feeding my family. For you to be talking about you trying to ban me. I done took 20, 30 drug dealers off the street. I’m out there passing them coats out to them kids. Where was you at...”

Click here to hear the entire conversation, then tell us what you think. Was Mill right about Johnson's being out to make a name for himself? Or do you side with Johnson who says Mill's single "Amen" featuring Drake is morally reprehensible?