Meek Mill unveils grim video for “Trauma”

The latest ‘Championships’ visual chronicles the Philly rapper’s troubled youth.

Meek Mill has shared a powerful video for his latest single, “Trauma.”

Directed by Will Ngo, the new Championships visual looks back at Meek’s troubled past, capturing the harsh realities of African American youths growing up in the projects. Set in the rapper’s hometown of Philadelphia, the video re-enacts traumatic events from Meek’s childhood, from witnessing the murder of his friends to watching a family member succumb to drugs.

Elsewhere, Meek performs his rapid-fire bars on the streets, slinging rhymes about police brutality and America’s criminal justice system. “They shot that boy 20 times when they could’ve told him, ‘Just freeze’ / Could’ve put him in a cop car, but they let him just bleed,” he spits. “This nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th / And in the 13th Amendment, it don’t say that we kings.”

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