On April 25, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed American rapper Mick Mill (Meek Mill) after five months in prison for violating a probationary period on charges of drug trafficking. The scandal surrounding the musician’s conclusion has long gone beyond the hip-hop community: even those media that wrote about rap, such as The Guardian , Bloomberg and Variety, wrote about his release .
Mick Mill and the problems with the law
30-year-old rapper Meek Mill (real name Robert Williams) was widely known in 2012 after the release of the debut album “Dreams and Nightmares” and the creation of the label Dream Chasers Records. He also gained popularity due to joint tracks with rappers Rick Ross, Future and Young Thug, relations with Nikki Minage and the conflict with Drake. Even after the arrests, the rapper continued to make music – in 2017 his album “Wins & Losses” was released.
Williams problems with the law began as early as 18 years of age, and he received his first prison sentence in 2008. The rapper was sentenced to 11 months in prison for drug trafficking and released at the end of 2009 under a five-year probation agreement. In 2012, Mick Milla was accused of violating the conditional early release. To this were added the rapper’s threats in social networks to the judge and the prosecutor, as well as his unwillingness to reveal police schedules of tours.
During the long trials between 2014 and 2016, Mick Mill returned to prison for several months and was placed under house arrest. The rapper violated the conditions of the probation period and traveled around the US against the conditions of the parole.
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In 2017, Mick Mill twice violated the conditions of probation: first he fought at St. Louis airport, then exceeded his speed on his motorcycle. Despite the attempts of lawyer Williams to prove that giving a new term in the 2008 case is illegal, the musician received 2-4 years in prison. This means that every six months there will be a meeting at which they will either extend the term or release the prisoner.
The lawyer of the rapper told his version of what is happening: Judge Janice Brinkley (“Genece Brinkley”) “has long been interested in” Mick Mill and sentenced him in the drug trafficking case in 2008. She allegedly asked the musician to break the contract with the label Roc Nation and work with her friend-manager from Philadelphia.
According to Mick Milla’s lawyer, Judge Brinkley asked the rapper to record a remix of the song “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men and to send her a greeting in one of the couplets.
The new conclusion of Mick Milla and scandalous details caused a storm of discontent from musicians, activists and celebrities across America. They accused the judge of being too cruelly convicted and complained that Williams was held on probation for almost 10 years.
Friends of Milla organized an action , within which they criticized the American justice and asked to release the rapper. Jay-Z wrote an article for the New York Times, where he accused the US criminal system of persecuting black people, the comedian Kevin Hart became a representative of Williams in court, and Mick Mill himself gave several interviews from the prison, where he talked about his relations with the police and the conflict with the judge.
The rest of the celebrities supported the rapper in social networks.
That Philly Judge had it out for Meek..
— djenvy (@djenvy) 6 November 2017
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) 5 February 2018
— Yung Rénzél 👑 (@RickRoss) 21 April 2018
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— Jack (@JackTate25) 13 February 2018
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. We’ll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other POC for generations.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) 20 November 2017
Liberation and a gift from your favorite team
April 25, Williams was released: the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered to release him on bail. The rapper intends to achieve a complete withdrawal of charges in order to return to his family and engage in music.
The first gift for Mick Milla was prepared by his favorite basketball team “Philadelphia Seventi Sixers”: she met him in the helicopter immediately after liberation and drove to the match against the “Miami Heat”.
The announcer at the game congratulated Milla on his return home, and the audience at the stadium greeted him with a standing ovation. The rapper was asked to hit the starting gong before the match in the club tradition, and after the game he met with basketball players and thanked them for their support.
— NBA (@NBA) 25 April 2018