Meek Mill caught some heat recently, when he posted a video of himself giving $20 to a group of kids selling water bottles in Atlanta. But during a recent appearance on Clubhouse, Meek defended his decision, saying that he didn't want the kids to use any of his money to buy drugs.
"I know what's going on," Meek said near the conversation's 8:45 minute mark. "I ain't giving no young bouls no money to buy no weed."
Meek Mill speaks on why he gave those kids he recorded selling water $20
“I ain’t giving no young boys no money to go buy no weed” pic.twitter.com/m9cGWjDfSm
— GlockTopickz (@Glock_Topickz) December 29, 2020
Meek went on to explain that he's not knocking their hustle, and feels like giving them advice was more valuable at the moment.
"We came up pumping gas at the gas station, carrying old ladies' bags, shoveling snow," Meek continued. "I pulled up on them young bouls to give them game. I ain't worried about no fucking money."
Since Meek was in a luxury vehicle and draped in jewelry at the time, the optics of having a bunch of kids split one $20 bill didn't sit well with some. He also urged them not to reach into his car before pulling off, which added to the backlash.
Meek Mill is driving around Atlanta in a 400k car, Saw a few kids hustling waters and gave them 20 dollars and told them to split it. 6-8 kids splitting 20 dollars.
20 dollars 😂😂😂😂🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/m52ifzwERT
— Karlton (@KarltonMARZ) December 6, 2020
The reactions to Meek's actions might have been harsh, but the rapper believes that the exchange was blown out of proportion by social media.
"People don't have the common sense to say, 'Damn, he did stop and pull up,'" Meek said at the video's 10:20-mark. "They wasn't even mad when we gave them the $20. The internet made them mad. If you look at the video, young boul said 'Thanks. I fuck with you.' The internet made them mad."
Similar to the initial interaction, Meek's assumption that the kids would have spent the money on drugs—especially when he openly smokes marijuana—rubbed some people the wrong way.
They were going to buy weed? Lol. Seriously Meek? Seriously? https://t.co/bLiDCoTmJg
— Young Dezòd (@platini954) December 29, 2020
Now Meek....... them same boys streaming your music so YOU can buy weed 😭 https://t.co/ramtbAsB3j
— Killa✨ (@LoveLustPower) December 29, 2020
Assuming those black kids smoke weed is disgusting trust me if they did they wouldn't be trying to sell water for it...meek mill is pathetic
— admirekyrie (@admirekyrie) December 29, 2020
“I ain’t giving them niggas money for selling water to buy weed, when we came up we was carrying groceries, etc.” nigga what Meek is a whole corn dog lmfaooooooooo
— ⚡️🚀 Cowboy RD (@rellnot) December 29, 2020
Meek what you think the strippers buying ? Insurance?! https://t.co/m61rgvENQU
— weed & wagyu (@jessethechef) December 29, 2020
How low of him to assume those boys would buy weed had he given them more money. Sad. https://t.co/7z2McmunGv
— B. (@Cali_Dreamin27) December 29, 2020
The only solution to poverty in a capitalist society is money. What type of food you putting on the table with words? Stupid ass nigga. https://t.co/YbWhSRHUT8
— Auntie Jr. (@theblkbradshaw) December 29, 2020
Despite the incident, Meek has shown a willingness to give back to the community time and time again. Leading up to Christmas, Meek gave away clothes, gaming consoles, and other items to families in Philadelphia who have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system.
Listen to Meek Mill's full conversation on Clubhouse below.
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