Meek Mill is one of the premier storytellers in hip-hop today. The Philly native remains entrenched in the streets and socially conscious of America’s systemic inner-city issues. By refusing to forget about those who endured a similar struggle to his, Mill transfers that pain into his music, making for deeply relatable music. Meek returned Wednesday (June 6) with a cinematic video for his Championships cut “Oodles O’Noodles Babies,” which tells the story of a black family living in poverty.
“It’s the condition in which you plant your seeds that determine how they will grow,” is the quote that opens the striking clip. Without making an appearance in the video, Mill tells the story of a father being sent to jail for armed robbery, and the ramifications it has on a fractured family living paycheck-to-paycheck.
The film fast-forwards from 2006 to 2007, where the son is now grown up and faced with a similar proposition to that of his father. Does he follow that same path and live a life of crime, or play the long game and make it out of the ghetto legitimately? He eventually gets caught by police, and a heartbreaking scene ensues showing the father passing the orange jumpsuit down to his kid to continue the vicious prison cycle.
As for Meek, he’s been granted a fresh appellate hearing this summer in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in hopes of vacating his 2008 conviction.
Watch the “Oodles O’Noodles Babies” video below.