Amen (Meek Mill song)

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"Amen"
Meek mill amen cover.jpg
Single by Meek Mill featuring Drake
from the album Dreams and Nightmares and Dreamchasers 2
Released June 19, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:47
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Meek Mill singles chronology
"So Sophisticated"
(2012)
"Amen"
(2012)
"My Moment"
(2012)
"So Sophisticated"
(2012)
"Amen"
(2012)
"My Moment"
(2012)
Drake singles chronology
"Pop That"
(2012) Pop That2012
"Amen"
(2012) Amen2012
"Crew Love"
(2012) Crew Love2012

"Amen" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Meek Mill, released as the lead single from his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares, on June 19, 2012.[1][2][3] The song features fellow rapper and Canadian recording artist Drake with uncredited vocals from R&B singer Jeremih. It was produced by Key Wane and Jahlil Beats. The song samples the Doobie Brothers song "Minute by Minute".

Throughout time, "Amen" remains one of the only two songs (along with "R.I.C.O.") that Mill and Drake would ever collaborate for, since they have engaged in a well-known feud that started in 2015.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

The song, co-produced by KeY Wane and Jahlil Beats, was originally released on Meek Mill's ninth mixtape, Dreamchasers 2 (2012). The song was later officially released mastered, via iTunes and Amazon on June 19, 2012 in the US. American singer-songwriter Jeremih is officially credited as a featured artist on the mixtape version and although his vocals remain on the single version, he is not credited as a guest appearance.

Controversy[edit]

"Amen" has received much backlash from religious organizations. On July 11, 2012, Meek Mill called into Philadelphia radio station Hot 107.9 and argued with Philadelphia pastor and rapper Jomo K. Johnson about the song. Johnson pushed for a boycott of the song, and will soon publish a book about Mill and MMG accusing them of blasphemy. In a statement, Johnson said that, "As a hip-hop fan, I want to encourage every rap fan in Philadelphia who is a believer in Jesus Christ, to boycott Meek Mill until he acknowledges this blatant disrespect. And being resident of North Philadelphia and pastor, I revoke Meek's 'hood pass' until this happens."[4] Mill has subsequently apologized to those who might have been offended by the song, and Johnson has withdrawn his calls for a boycott.[5]

The controversy garnered reactions from several gospel hip hop artists. In an interview with Billboard, Lecrae was asked what he thought of the controversy, and he responded:

It's going to sound funny, but it doesn't bother me if a person doesn't understand the root or the base meaning of something, or if they don't value that thing to speak about it. It's almost like being mad at a blind person for bumping into you. You don't get mad at the blind person for bumping into you, you show them where the seat is, so I'm more interesting [sic] in helping people understand what those terms mean verses [sic] getting mad at its misuse.

The Ambassador and Da T.R.U.T.H. also commented on the controversy in interviews by saying that they greatly appreciated that Johnson took a public stand against the song, though Da T.R.U.T.H. stated that there is a possibility that Johnson could have reasoned more with Meek Mill in the radio debate instead of just making blanket statements.[7][8]

On July 17, in an interview on the BET show 106 & Park, Mill stated, "I don’t think no preacher or no church approves of any type of rap music — because rap music, period, is a lot of bad stuff said. But at the end of the day, it's real life. And me, I wasn’t trying to disrespect no religion or anything like that."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on June 15, 2012, via Meek Mill's YouTube account.[10] The video features both Meek Mill and Drake but not Jeremih. It features cameos by Juelz Santana, Travis Porter, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, J. Cole, Jermaine Dupri, Fat Joe, Wale and Mack Maine.[11][12]

Remixes[edit]

On August 2, 2012, Game released a remix of the song.[13] On September 3, 2012, Lil Wayne released a remix of the song on his mixtape Dedication 4. Slim Thug also released a remix of the song on his mixtape entitled Thug Thursday.

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Amen" Robert Williams, Aubrey Graham, Jeremy Felton, Orlando Tucker, Dwane Weir II KeY Wane, Jahlil Beats (add.) 4:47

Chart performance[edit]

On the Billboard Hot 100, the song entered the chart at number 86 for the week of July 7, 2012.[14]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SoulCulture - Meek Mill f/ Drake – ‘Amen’ – Cover Art + Lyric Video". SoulCulture.co.uk. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Amen - Single by Meek Mill". iTunes. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amazon.com - Music - Amen - Single by Meek Mill". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Fleischer, Adam (July 11, 2012). "Meek Mill Debates Philadelphia Pastor Who Called for "Amen" Boycott". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (July 18, 2012). "Meek Mill Apologizes, Pastor Calls Off 'Amen' Boycott" (Web). MTV. Viacom. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ McDermott, Tyler K. (July 25, 2012). "Lecrae Talks Upcoming 'Gravity' Album, Big K.R.I.T. Collabo, & Chart Success" (Web). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ Sketch the Journalist (July 25, 2012). "The Ambassador on Meek Mill/Amen/Pastor Jomo situation" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Sketch the Journalist (July 23, 2012). "Da' T.R.U.T.H. on Meek Mill/Amen/Pastor Jomo situation" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Singh, Jakinder (July 17, 2012). "Meek Mill Issues Apology For "Amen" Track". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Meek Mill ft Drake - Amen (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.vibe.com/article/new-video-meek-mill-feat-drake-amen
  12. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/07/video-meek-mill-f-drake-amen
  13. ^ "Game f. Meek Mill & Drake - "Amen Remix"". HipHopDX. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Meek Mill and Drake - Amen". acharts.us. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Week of August 04, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Week of August 04, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  18. ^ "Rap Songs - 2012 Year End Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Meek Mill – Amen". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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