A day after announcing the video for “Oodles O’noodles Babies“, Meek Mill delivers with a visual that enacts the reality and cycle that what he call Oodles O’noodles babies come from and where it ultimately leads them to.
“Oodles O’noodles Babies” is the fourth visual off of Mill’s 2018 effort Championships. Mill uses this song to tell the story of his childhood and the effects they had on him as he got older from expressing his pain by acting up in school, to the death of his father and cousin, his mother missing his games because of work and even his grandmother taking him to church despite him not wanting to go. Meek obviously overcame hardships but ultimately he was able to make it as a rap artist and this video tell the story of those that didn’t.
In the song Mill raps, “Lot of daddies goin back and forth out of jail/ lot of sons growing up and repeating them/ this the belly of the beast you won’t make it out/ man this s**t was designed just to eat us up.” The lyrics that inspires the content and message in the video the most.
The visual opens up with a quote that reads “…its the conditions in which you plant your seed that determine how they will grow…” We then see a pot boiling on top of the stove with a young boy cooking noodles, a symbolism for the title. The time frame is in August 2006, and as the scene continues we see two males who are robbing a convenient store and it quickly turns to a homicide when one shoots the clerk. The one who shoots the clerk gets interrogated and lies and says the other guy killed him which gets him thrown in jail. The guy who gets put in jail is the young boy at the beginning father.
Fast forward to May 2017 and the young boy is older and has his own family and his son is also cooking noodles on the stove just like the younger version of his father. As the scene flashes between the father who is locked up and his son who is arguing with his girlfriend she says to him “you’ll end up like your dad…and your son is going to grow up just like you did….Alone!” The video still flashes back and forth between father and son. The dad is in jail stressing, eating noodles, and reading drawing on the wall with kid like hand writing reading “daddy come back”. While the son is being picked up and appears to be doing something he shouldn’t. Their stories wrap up when the father appears at the door and the son opens with a shocking look on his face. The video flashes back to the son in the car and he kills the driver then quickly escapes. When we get back to the father and son at the door, the father hands his son his orange prison jumpsuit as if it’s a family heirloom and says “it’s your turn son”. Putting a sad ending not only to this story while simultaneously telling the realistic story of the generational curse and cycle of the Oodles O’noodles babies.
You can watch Meek Mill’s “Oodles O’noodles Babies” below.
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