Meek Mill has been working hard on prison reform since his release last April and now Philadelphia declares March 15th to 17th Meek Mill Weekend.
Meek joined various politicians and public figures at City Hall this afternoon for a ceremony honoring his philanthropy and contributions to hip hop. The musician has a checkered past with the law ranging back to a questionable arrest from when he was a teenager. His most recent stay behind bars was triggered by a parole violation for riding his dirt bike.
He addressed journalists saying:
“I think we deserve better. I’m trying to fight for young kids that I’ve spent time with and sat in prison with. I’ve been to prison a few times for probation violations but the one time my city of Philadelphia showed me support is the one time I came out of prison.”
In regard to his criminal reform efforts with Jay Z and Michael Rubin he said:
“Our foundation is focusing on probation and parole. That was the biggest obstacle that always stopped me in my life. You have kids that might make a mistake and get on probation. Smoke a joint and you might end up in the penitentiary for three years getting raised by a felon. This is not a call out for people to do crimes and not go to jail. This is a call out for people to get a fair chance. And that’s what I’m here fighting for.”
Meek Mill released his Legends Of The Summer EP containing the popular track “Stay Woke” featuring Miguel last July. He moved on to Championships in November. It debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 chart by selling 229,000 copies in the first seven days of availability and has since gone RIAA platinum.
Fans can catch the MMG artist in his hometown tomorrow for a stop on The Motivation Tour. Tickets are available here.
Congratulations to Meek Mill on getting his own weekend in Philadelphia. His upcoming album with Nipsey Hussle is on the way.