Meek Mill seems to be taking a hiatus from Instagram. The Philadelphia rapper deleted his account Monday night.
Meek Mill is still a dope rapper, no doubt. But over the last few months to a year, he’s become more known for social media shenanigans than music. He’s been embroiled in “rap tofu” with everyone from Drake to Joe Budden to The Game to Beanie Sigel in the past year. However, instead of running to the studio to respond, he’s often let his thumbs do the talking as a first response.
After getting reputation for having trigger fingers that turned into Twitter fingers and then into Instagram fingers, Meek’s image began taking a toll. It seemed like he became the butt of a new internet joke every other week. It didn’t help that he is currently dating a superstar like Nicki Minaj, so everything he did was under a microscope and was judged harshly.
This means getting clowned for everything from moving in with your girl and not having your name on the lease to rocking a Louis Vutton man purse. With perhaps the most important release of his career DC4 on the horizon, Meek couldn’t afford to take too many more hits to his image. So it looks like he’s getting back to basics and focusing on what got him here, rapping.
Monday night, Meek started sharing snippets of songs from the oft-delayed album and they sounded fire. The songs, in addition to the freestyle he dropped on Funkmaster Flex last month, were indicative that Meek had caught a second wind. Then out of nowhere, his Instagram page disappeared.
“Jayz once told me this social media world was created for people that wouldn’t even speak if they wasn’t present. For people that was scared to approach a male/female and hold a conversation if they wanted to a number or ask to go on a date! He also said you can’t speak truth on here because this is the fake people world and they gone hate you for that …People are in love with this lifestyle more than people!”
Remember when your favorite rapper used to spend years making an album, but sometimes if they had some thoughts they had to get out before the release date, they would bless you with a freestyle on a mixtape? In 2016, social media posts have become the new “freestyles.” They are instant, can be direct or subliminal and they don’t really cost anything to make.
Perhaps Meek got tired of freestyling on the internet and decided to get back to bars after Budden slandered him saying “bars aren’t your thing.” Or maybe, someone in his circle pulled him to the side and told him he was out here looking crazy. Anytime you find yourself clowning your girlfriend’s ex on the internet, you may need to fall back for a while.