JAY-Z showed Meek Mill some support at his “4:44” concert in Philadelphia on Friday night.
Hov has been a staunched critic of the justice system since the MMG rapper was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. The Roc Nation boss supported the #FreeMeekMill movement during the Philly leg of his “4:44 Tour” by playing the rapper’s hit single “Dreams & Nightmares” during his set. He leads the crowd on a “Free Meek Mill” chant. The rap legend also penned an op-ed in the New York Times last month throwing his support behind Meek, while calling out the justice system for its mass incarceration of young black men.
Some Philadelphia 76ers players including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were at the concert showing their support for Meek Mill. The due wore T-Shirts that says “STAND WITH MEEK MILL.” The fans on Meek’s home turf poured in their numbers to fill up the arena for a sold-out crowd. JAY-Z also showed his support to Colin Kaepernick by wearing his jersey at the sold-out show. R&B singer Trey Songz and rapper Yo Gotti were also showed up to show his support and was also spotted at the after party.
“That sh*t [Kaepernick’s protest] is not about inanimate objects,” Hov said. “It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.”
Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams, is currently awaiting the outcome of his emergency bail application. The Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a ruling last month directing Judge Genece Brinkley to make a ruling on the rapper’s bail. She is the same judge who handed down the unjust sentencing after she claimed that the rapper broke his probation by getting arrested earlier this year for breaking up a fight and popping wheelies in the streets of New York.
Drake joins the long list of rappers who are calling for Meek Mill freedom from prison.
The 6 God is currently touring in Australia and during his show in Melbourne on Saturday night, he paused for a few seconds to support the “Free Meek Mill” movement. We all know the history of Drake and Meek beef is littered with Ws and Ls with the Toronto rapper being the recipient of the Ws. The beef left a bitter taste in both rappers mouths and the two have not spoken to each other or made peace since.
During his performance, Drizzy spotted a fan wearing a T-Shirt that says “Free Meek Mill” and that’s when he paused to share his feelings. “I see you got the Free Meek Mill shirt,” the Views rapper said. “Free Meek Mill too, for real. You right.”
The Philly rhymer is currently serving 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. He was sentenced two weeks ago to serve time in a state prison, but the judge’s heavy-handed sentencing drew widespread outrage among the rapper’s fans and his celebrity peers including JAY-Z who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times speaking out against the justice system and its unfair practices towards African American male.
Drake seems to have the same feelings about Meek Mill’s sentence despite their differences. You can recalled, Meek was the one who instigated the beef when he trashed the Toronto rapper on Twitter while accusing him of not writing his own raps. Drake responded with two scathing diss records, “Charged Up” and “Back To Back.” The later went on to become an anthem and even earned Drizzy a Grammy nomination.
Earlier this year, Drizzy did an interview where he spoke about the beef and said that he and Meek will never be friends again. “That’s just somebody that I never wanna be friends with… I’m not trying to make any songs or be boys, you stay over there and I stay over here,” he said.