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Vanessa Bryant blasts Meek Mill for 'extremely insensitive' lyric referencing Kobe's death

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Vanessa Bryant criticized rapper Meek Mill on Monday for insensitive lyrics referencing her late husband Kobe and daughter Gianna in his new song, "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)." 

Vanessa Bryant wrote Monday in an Instagram story directed at Mill: "I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact." 

a person standing in front of a stage: Vanessa Bryant took issue with rapper Meek Mill's reference to Kobe Bryant in a new song. © Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports Vanessa Bryant took issue with rapper Meek Mill's reference to Kobe Bryant in a new song.

Bryant and Gianna Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, 2020. Seven others also died in the crash. 

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The lyrics from the unreleased song leaked last week with Mill rapping in part, "... always tell me that she love but she ain’t ever showed me. ... Yeah, and if I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe." 

Fellow rapper Lil Baby also makes an appearance on the song, referencing Kobe in a more positive light: "have a son, so I can name him Kobe/Daughter Gigi."

Mill said on Twitter Tuesday that he personally apologized to Bryant, writing: "I apologized to her in private today, not the public. Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman." 

Messages made to Mill's publicist by USA TODAY Sports were not immediately returned on Tuesday morning. 

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