5 lessons Nigerian artistes can learn from Meek Mill

From beefs with Drake, Norman Kelly and now 50Cent, it seems that Meek Mill may have missed some of DJ Khaled’s keys to successful beefs. He hasn’t completely stopped being a source of inspiration though.

For reference purposes, here are 5 important lessons artists can adopt from Meek Mill.

 Shut the fuck up.

No seriously, shut the fuck up.

Fame puts you in the limelight and ultimately makes you an easy target for anybody; friend or foe. You don’t have to respond to every jab or address every comment. Whether it’s your tour or your girl’s tour, it doesn’t matter, people will come for you anyway. Get with the program and this is what you signed up for.

Master the art of war and pick your battles carefully.

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Recognise your own flaws and fight within the confines of your own natural limitations. If you are going up against a bigger brand, the internet will definitely be unkind. Even when the weight of being disrespected is overwhelming and there is an overarching pressure to voice your side of the story. Don’t. Never draw first blood. Popular opinion will always truncate common sense. If popular opinion is not on your side you have already lost this battle.

Keep your personal life out of the media.

If you’re going to ignore the first two lessons above, please save your loved ones from being butchered by the media with you. If a  richer nigga wants your girl, you can’t do anything for her anymore. Please let him have her.

Stop trying to prove a point outside your music.

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Although, Meek Mill was already a couple of points down, he didn’t lose his Drake battle until Drizzy released his Back to Back diss song. Some of the most  quoted lines from the song include “You getting bodied by a singing nigga…/ trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers”. For Meek, a hardcore gangster rapper who has repeatedly rhymed about his own past in drug dealing and gangbanging, these Drake lines show some things do not add up. This is how you lose street credibility especially in a music genre that thrives on bragging rights. Do not hide behind great instrumentation or social media to make claims you cannot defend, you may just get a cup smashed on your face.

Bad PR is Bad PR. It doesn’t always have to be you.

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Media pundits often loosely throw around the claim that any PR is good PR. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s bullshit. We live in a generation of 140 character revolution starters and late night emojis. If people have to pick-up their devices only to find you on the headlines all the time, it just becomes an exhaustive process. This can easily cost you the support of  whatever fan base you have left.

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