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Is Rapper Meek Mill the Grandson of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Rumors that the musician is directly related to the civil rights icon come from a site that only publishes fiction.

Published Aug 6, 2015

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Claim:
Civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. is the grandfather of rapper Meek Mill.

In August 2015, the web site NotAllowedTo.com published an article reporting that a DNA test had proved that rapper Meek Mill was the biological grandson of 1960's civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Reports have surfaced revealing that rapper Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rahmeek Williams, is the biological grandson of the world's most revered civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr.

This makes Meek Mill not only the heir to the proverbial rap game, but also next in line to become the next great leader of black America. Some are even speculating that with his lineage, Meek Mill could someday become the first rapper to become President of the United States, as long as Jay Z doesn't get their first.

There is no truth to the above-quoted story. NotAllowedTo.com is yet another fake news web site that publishes fabricated stories and whose previous offerings include fictional reports about the U.S. flag being replaced by a rainbow flag, McDonald's offering a McLean (AKA sizzurp) drink, and McDonald's using french fry grease to make their coffee.

NotAllowedTo.com's disclaimer states that all articles on the web site are for "entertainment purposes only":

NotAllowedTo.com is intended for entertainment purposes only. Our website and social media content uses the most notorious urban and satirical entertainment news with the most shocking headlines and articles.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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