The “Left Hollywood” artist was finally freed from jail on April 24th after being sentenced in November 2017 for violation of parole, which many people felt to be a wrongful conviction.
Originally, Meek Mill (real name Robert Williams) was arrested in 2008 on assault and possession of a controlled substance charges, sentenced to 11-23 months in jail by Judge Genece Brinkley. After a five-months stint in the clink, he was released in June 2009 on Parole.
Fast forward to a few months ago, the same Judge sentenced the Philadelphia rapper to 2-4 years in prison for violating his parole. According to ABC, she cited a “failed drug test, failure to comply with an order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests.” She continued by telling the rapper that “you basically thumbed your nose at me.”
The imprisonment sparked criticism across the US, as many celebrities and politicians alike felt that Judge Brinkley held an unfair grudge against Millz, wielding her mighty law authority for the wrong reasons. On top of that, there was also rumors of a dirty cop in the case.
While the rapper was holed-up, big names like activist Reverend Al Sharpton, rapper Jay-Z, NBAer James Harden, comedian Kevin Hart, and even Patriots owner Robert Kraft all visited him in the Philadelphia-area prison.
After all of the public outrage over the case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally stepped-in and overruled Judge Brinkley, releasing Meek Mill with no bail, pending a hearing within 60-days to dismiss the charges. He thanked all his fans for supporting him in his difficult time.
But, the Philadelphia rappers journey out of the prison is one for the record books. With his hometown 76ers looking to clinch their first NBA playoff series since 2012, the franchise’s co-owner Michael Rubin, personally picked up Millz from the prison just hours before tip-off against the Miami Heat. Instead of braving the insane traffic in Philly rush-hour, they opted to transport the recently freed artist in a helicopter.
Arriving to the arena just minutes before game-time, Mill headed out to center court amid a roar of cheers from the Philadelphia basketball fans. Donned in a Joel Embiid jersey, he rang the ceremonial liberty bell, pumping up the team while embodying his freedom.
Luckily of the rapper, the 76ers dominated the Heat in 104-91 route, winning the best-of-seven series in only five games. Philadelphia will move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where they will face the winner of the Milwaukee/Boston opening-round matchup.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 24, 2018
The City of Brotherly Love has not only embraced Millz in the basketball arena, but also on the football field. As the Eagles took the field for Super Bowl LII against the Patriots, they played one of the rapper’s songs, and as they hoisted the trophy in the locker room, celebrated with another track.
Still, there is a long road ahead for the “Dreams and Nightmares” artist, as he will have to face Judge Brinkley again in hopes of getting his conviction overturned. Yet, with all the public support, his future is looking bright. On thing is for sure Millz: “All Eyes On You.”