Last night at the 2018 BET Awards, Meek Mill and Miguel delivered a powerful performance premiering their latest joint effort “Stay Woke.”
“Stay Woke” is the first we’ve heard from Meek Mill music wise since being released from prison back in April and I couldn’t have imagined a better way for him to get back in the game.
The two artists performed this thought provoking song in such an emotional way there was no way it didn’t impact you in some way or another after watching it. With police brutality being portrayed in the background, Meek used his own circumstances to shed light on the reality of the world we’re living in right now-with all of the senseless murders that go on to gun violence and prison reform, there’s not one subject the Philly rapper didn’t touch upon. Miguel comes through and adds a little note of positivity with the chorus which is enough to remind us all that we have to DO better and not just talk about doing better for a week and forgetting about it.
“Though it’s designed for us to fail, yeah
We still prevail through the hell, yeah
Can you believe it? We’re still undefeated
Though it was designed for us to lose
Nothing, nothing, nothing’s impossible, no
Can you believe it? We’re still undefeated”
How can I pledge allegiance to the flag
When they killin’ all our sons, all our dads?
I come from a place, when you kill your own brother you can brag
Like he got bodies, but that’s a fad, no, that’s a fact
I’m screamin’ out at your corner, nigga, that’s a trap
Screamin’ out at your homie, nigga, that’s a rat
Catch a case with him, bet he crack
The odds against you and they double stacked, stay woke
Bought my mom a new crib, that’s some gangster shit
Niece and nephews walking around wearing minks and shit
Kept the hood motivated, this the thanks I get
Try to Ja Rule the kid on some Wanksta shit
But that’s impossible ’cause I’m unstoppable
The label can’t drop me, nigga, I’m too valuable
You thought I would lose but I won and that bothered you
Still movin’ ’round in Philly just like the mobsters do
When I talked to Em and Hov, they said, “I’m proud of you
You stood tall back when everyone doubted you”
My reply is, “I did what I gotta do
And I need that verse ‘fore you retire too”
Jumping all the obstacles, I’m way too wavy
Said I would lose boy you way too crazy
Pick and choose either fame or the money, fame will make you crazy
And the money will make them bad bitches say, “Thank you, baby”
Hearing the gun shot and seeing the mother rush to her son and later seeing them cover his body with an American flag in this performance really pulled the trigger for me and made me reflect on how broken our justice system is. What’s it going to take to make things better? How can we help to change things? What needs to be done? Is there anything at all we can do?
Take a look at the emotional BET performance below and let me know if you have any answers to my questions.