Sunday evening, Meek Mill premiered his new track “Stay Woke” on the BET Awards stage.
The new cute, featuring Miguel, is a poignant commentary that showcases the best of Meek’s growth since his release from prison. While we aren’t strangers to an introspective Meek—always cognizant of the environment he left behind—“Stay Woke” offers up the perspective of man with a new purpose in putting up a fight on behalf of his community.
When previewing the track earlier last week, the Philadelphia-bred rapper reflected o his time in prison, recognizing that not everyone has the luxury of a community of fans and influential peers to catalyze change in their own situations when stuck in the criminal justice system.
“A lot of people stuck in their positions, they don't got resources,” he noted. “I always felt like I was responsible to reach back for a few and help them move forward and help them get light shed on their situation."
Every night feel like a fright night
Coke fumes in the air
Mama holdin' on that pipe tight
And you catch a contact
But never mind that
In a world where black is wrong and white is right
It's like a combat