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Rapper Meek Mill Released from Prison

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On Tuesday, April 24th, Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on “unsecured bail.”  Mill, known mostly for his rap feud in 2016 with Canadian superstar rapper Drake.

Mill, whose actually named Robert Williams, was imprisoned on a parole violation from 2008 when arrested with possession of a firearm while in a grocery store at the age of 18. Ten years later, the case continues to haunt him along with multiple parole violations. In March 2017, Williams was arrested once again after a scuffle in St. Louis Airport. Later that year in November, more parole violations ensued for riding his bike “recklessly” in New York City. Following the bike incident, Williams was sentenced to two to four years in prison by Judge Genece Brinkley.

Brinkley has a history with Williams, which is why many protested his arrest as Brinkley had previously jailed Williams for other convictions. The prosecutor of William’s most recent case recommended the charges be dropped because he has “matured.”

Brinkley disagreed, and sentenced him to two to four years, but was ordered by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to release him immediately. Williams released a statement regarding his time, conviction, and future.

“Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”

Williams, nonetheless, celebrated his release with his hometown city. Immediately after his release, he was chauffeured by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin directly to Game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs in Philadelphia.

Rubin visited Williams multiple times in jail during his conviction, including NBA players as well as comedian Kevin Hart. The most special moment, however was when Williams rang the ceremonial bell before the game. The 76ers won 104-91.

The following day, Williams stated that although he was freed physically from prison, he still feels jailed by the “unjust” legal system. He feels that he has an obligation to help those who do not have the economic “resources” he had to fight the legal system.

Along with these “resources,” Williams received public support from the Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kinney, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and numerous artists such as Jay-Z, Rick Ross, T.I. Even past rap foe Drake wore a t-shirt while performing that said “FREE MEEK MILL.”

Williams’ release from prison had the city of Philadelphia rejoice along with Hip/Hop fans nationwide. Justice was served to Williams, and his “nightmare” in prison was finally over.

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