Meek Mill Speaks Out after Prison Release
The Young & Getting’ It rapper says he wants to use his experience to help others
Last week, rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on bail after the Philadelphia Supreme Court issued an order overruling a previous decision by Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who had denied Williams’ bail just last week.
The 30-year-old rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, thanked a host of supporters, including Jay Z and his label, Roc Nation, after he was released and revealed it was a “culture shock” to be out.
However, despite his release, the rapper, who used to date Nicki Minaj, told NBC’s Dateline, “No, I don’t feel free. I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now. And me, I pray. I believe God is my first lawyer, I always believed that. And, you know, I got a strong team behind me, I got a lot of support. There’s a lot of light shedded on my situation.”
Mills’ jail time stems from his arrest when he was 18 and for which he was put on probation. He was then arrested on five separate occasions for parole violation in 2008, 2012, 2013. 2015 and 2017.
And the rapper says he hopes to use his experience to help others, saying, “I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those [criminal justice reform] issues.” Adding, “I think God delivered me a job to help people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself. I say, don’t show me no pity because this is my life. This is what I’ve been going through, and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men.”