Knxwledge Ends ‘MEEK’ Tape Series Over Copyright Issues

For years, Knxwledge has reworked throwback Meek Mill freestyles for his MEEK mixtape series, but the saga has ended due to copyright concerns.

The six-volume MEEK mixtape series has reached its end. Beginning in 2017 by Knxwledge, the series featured archival verses from Meek Mill, who was then-imprisoned for parole violations. On Sunday, Knxwledge took to social media to announce that MEEK material had been taken down from streaming services after copyright concerns. The Philadelphia-born producer claims that he had permission from videographers to flip their recordings.

“I’m not sure what’s more idiotic. Taking down music that’s giving you more exposure or simply just not knowing what a fucking remix is,” Knwledge wrote on Twitter via Notes app. “Niggas really copywrite striked a corner freestyle that I had permission to flip from the videographer, only reason I can think of is bc this 1 remix got more plays [than] bro has in the last 10 years.”

Knwxledge — seemingly disgruntled with Mill — said that the MEEK series has undoubtedly ended, before thanking videographers for documenting Mill’s early days of freestyling.

“Grab the tapes while you can. To all my heads keeping the raw remixes alive it’s only a matter of time till the art of remixing is fully dead. Be safe, get a lawyer & thanks for always listening,” Knxwledge wrote on his Instagram story. “Thank you to all the hundreds of thousands who didn’t even know who Meek was and is that listened and supported and listen to these verses the same I do. I always thought worse case scenario [Meek Mill] could just use them as interludes or somthing [sic]. Not tryna game fame off of anytime I just wanted them to hear the pain my g.”

In a 2020 interview with Hypebeast, Knxwledge spoke on Mill already hearing MEEK and what would happen if the rapper thought it was wack.

“Like if Meek hit me up — and he already heard them and it’s fine — but if he was like, “Yo take this down, this shit is ass,” I would have to take it down,” he said.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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