"Amen" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Meek Mill, released as the lead single from his debut studio album Dreams & Nightmares, on June 19, 2012. The song features fellow rapper, Canadian recording artist Drake and was produced by KeY Wane and Jahlil Beats.
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.
"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. Jomo K. Johnson pushed for a boycott of the song, and will soon publish a book about Meek Mill and MMG accusing them of blasphemy. Meek Mill has subsequently apologized to those who might have been offended by the song, and Johnson has withdrawn his calls for a boycott.
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 in helping people understand what those terms mean verses getting mad at its misuse.—Lecrae, Billboard
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.
The music video premiered on June 15, 2012, via Meek Mill's Youtube account. 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 and Mack Maine.
- Digital single
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