Meek Mill Paints A Vivid Portrait Of Life Under Systematic Oppression In New Music Video For 'Trauma'

He didn't hold back with this one.

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| December 20 2018,

4:31 pm

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill released a stunning visual for his latest single "Trauma" off of his new Championships album, capturing the rough and often deadly life living in poverty.

After a long fight with the justice system, Meek Mill has become an outspoken advocate for criminal justice and prison reform. And his new path in life has carried over into his music. In "Trauma," the cold bleakness of being Black and poor in America is depicted in the video.

Images of a young boy at home cooking Top Ramen on a stovetop, men gambling to make ends meet and desperation play in succession as the rapper details his past. 

He, unfortunately, had to make these decisions. Growing up in Philly was tough. He's revealed that he lost friends and was exposed to violence, leaving mental scars that may never heal. Young Black men and women receive unfair criminal sentences because of minor, often nonviolent, offenses.   

With the recent passage of the Senate's prison reform bill, the First Step Act, there is renewed hope. Meek celebrated this latest development as a win over on Instagram. "This major," he wrote. "A lot of over sentenced men and women will come home soon!!"


Watch the Will Ngo-directed music video below:  

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