Philadelphia was hit by a string of deadly violence Tuesday, and the tragedy struck hometown rapper Meek Mill close to home. Five people reportedly died as a result of multiple stabbings and shootings that occurred throughout the city and one of them was Meek’s 21-year-old cousin Angelo Colon, Philly.com reports.
Damn Lo! Watching my family die to these philly streets! Probation is the only thing that got me tied to come coming back here so frequent!! My mission is to save my family from these streets and change the mindframe of all my lil cousins growing up in it!!!! #RIPLO hurt me to see you in this same spot lifeless!
Meek took to Instagram to honor his cousin, posting #RIPLO, before venting his frustration with the violence that continues to plague his and other cities. Meek said in the post, “My mission is to save my family from these streets and change the mind frame of all my lil cousins growing up in it!!!”
His decision in July to stop creating violent music following his upcoming album, Dreamchasers 3, is a good start to that mission. See his vow and rationale below:
Once I found out I wasn't born to fail and just fall victim to a fake ass life that don't offer shit but a jail,death i carry myself with extreme confidence and I know my value… even tho that's where we came from and all most of us has ever experienced in life! Wake up! Don't question my raps because it's a life we lived and suffered from, I have a right to express my myself! BY THE WAY ….AFTER DC4 I won't continue to rap about extreme violence!!! But I will remain to let my people know in these terrible environments to adapt and survive at any cost because "US BLACK PEOPLE ARE STILL AT WAR WITH OURSELVES AND THE SYSTEM IN REAL LIFE! #grammarcheck I don't talk the "AMERICAN ENGLISH" because I don't believe in it…I never cared about writing or speaking that way! I dont dress that way …. I'm doing me better yet doing #us
SOURCE: Philly.com | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Getty