Meek Mill has finally been released from prison.
On Tuesday April 24th, rapper Meek Mill was finally released from prison. Mill was sentenced to four years without bail for violating his 10 year probation just shy of its completion.
Mill released a statement to XXL Mag about his release.
“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”
The incarceration sparked a heated debate over the validity of the arrest and had not just the music industry, but others including politicians rallying around Mill’s release.
One of his top supporters, as he said in his statement, was rapper Jay-Z. The Brooklyn native was extremely vocal about the unjust arrest and the corruption surrounding it.
He fought hard for Mill’s release and released a statement of his own thanking others who worked just as hard to fight for Meek Mill.
After thanking those that have helped, he thanked the Supreme Court that overruled the former judge handling Meek’s case.
“We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to grant Meek Mill bail and allow him to return home to his loved ones. We are grateful for all the support that Meek has received from his fans and public advocates over the past five months and look forward to working alongside Meek to fight for criminal justice reform.”
While incarcerated, Meek Mill discovered that one of his life’s purposes was to encourage the younger generations to get out there and vote to see the change that needs to occur for a better tomorrow.
“The most important thing I want to say is, vote. When it’s time to vote for governor, when it’s time to vote for judges, D.A.s, vote. Let’s vote for people that’s in to justice reform and helping the urban community. ‘Cause, you know, we’re being affected by it but we’re not voting.”
Mill plans to continue his work along artists such as Jay-Z to fight for judicial reform; to eliminate bias and racism, corruption and megalomania from the currently flawed justice system.
But it’s not all activism. Upon release from prison, Meek Mill was taken courtside to the Philadelphia 76ers playoff game where he was greeted warmly by the team and the city of Philadelphia as a whole.
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