Meek Mill Drops Thought-Provoking Video for ‘YBA’ [WATCH]
Meek Mill is sending an urgent message to the youth with his thought-provoking video for “YBA,” which stands for "Young Black American." The Spike Jordan-directed clip features the Dreamchaser leader rapping a cautionary tale of how misguided actions -- particularly when guns are involved -- could alter other people’s lives.
The Philadelphia native is seen talking to a young man as he details a grim story of a young man who brings a gun to a basketball court after he gets roughed up by some dudes. "They was playing ball fouled him hard / Said I’d be back / Broad day threw his life away / Soon as he clap / Give that boy a license / Made his momma relapse," he raps.
Elsewhere, we see see children’s sad faces as they look at a dead body near a crime scene. Meek somberly raps, "Youngin' in the 9th grade / He got a Smith & Wesson / Grew up with the goons / He ain’t need protection / He dropped out of school / Then he got arrested / Lord with a blessing / I just hope he learned his lesson."
At the end, Meek gives his young friend a Dreamchaser chain to symbolize his message that he should strive for his dreams.
The-Dream also delivers a urgent message in the chorus of the song. The veteran hitmaker also went on his Instagram page to drive the point home.
"#YBA beyond it all, we must rise beyond Petty and say the right words in bad times. Times for fighting with out brothers has passed!" he wrote.
Let's stop the violence and increase the peace.