Meek Mill’s prison sentence sparked outrage through Philadelphia and the hip-hop community alike. His two-to-four year sentence lead Jay-Z to infamously and continuously speak out against the “heavy handed” sentence. Rick Ross, Kevin Hart, Migos members Quavo and Offset, Julius Erving, Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins, and more also showed support on Meek’s behalf.
Finally, the vocal outrage surrounding Meek Mill’s prison sentence came to a head as hundreds of supporters gathered together to stand up for the Philadelphia native at a rally in front of Philly’s City Hall. Though the crowd was there to protest injustice, fans still celebrated Meek in a never-loud-enough way, reciting “Dreams and Nightmares” loudly for a portion of the event.
Alongside others, Rick Ross spoke to the hundreds of fans who showed up. “I’m here for one reason. I’m here to support my brother Meek Mill,” he said. “[…] This type of wrongful incarceration has unfortunately become the calling card in urban cities around the U.S.”
He then asked the court to reevaluate Meek’s case, so the Dream Chaser V artist can continue being “a great father” and “a great entrepreneur,” before leading the fans to chant “Free Meek.”
Though Meek stayed quiet, opting out of addressing the public, the rapper heard and felt all of the support being offered to him. Football quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who has a very personal stake in the injustices toward African Americans by the U.S. justice system — took to Twitter to send everyone a message from Meek.
“Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him,” Colin tweeted late November.
Now, reports have come out that Meek’s good spirits are staying put as he keeps himself busy in prison with multiple underpaying jobs.
Head Held High
According to TMZ‘s sources, Meek is a part of the general labor crew at Pennsylvania’s SCI Chester, earning 19 cents an hour. As told by a representative of the prison, Meek cleans the cell blocks and the prison grounds. He also works in the kitchen, washing dishes, serving, and cooking food.
The rep made sure to say that the rapper does his jobs with a good attitude and his head held high. For his good behavior, he has access to the electrical and carpentry shops. He’s also being waitlisted for therapy classes.
Meanwhile, his lawyers are still diligently working to appeal his case. Though Judge Genece Brinkley recently denied his bail request — saying the rapper is a “great risk to the safety of others in Philadelphia and throughout the country” — Meek’s legal team filed another one in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
The rapper’s attorney Joe Tacopina spoke against the judge with… uh, vigor. During an interview with Billboard, Tacopina gave several reasons Judge Brinkley should not have been in charge of Meek’s case.
“It’s an infatuation,” Tacopina told Billboard. “When a judge says to someone can you re-record a song, mention my name and do a shout-out to me about how I [saved] up your life and he says no? Great, now what kind of position is he in?” The lawyer was referencing Brinkley asking Meek Mill to recreate Boyz II Men’s 1994 hit “On Bended Knee.”
Tacopina said he would fight the sentencing “until this [situation] gets rectified,” and he’s done just that. Reportedly, the FBI is investigating Brinkley and her behavior in Meek Mill’s case.
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