On November 6th 2017, Meek Mill appeared in court where he was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.
“I’m human. I’m not perfect,” Mill said to the Judge “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.”
Meek appeared in court due to a pair of arrests from earlier that year. The rapper was involved in a fight at a St. Louis airport in March and was arrested later that year for recklessly driving his motorbike in New York City in August. Although the charges were dropped, the Judge had reached her breaking point with the embattled rapper — who has appeared before her on several occasions.
Meek’s legal woes began long before his debut, dating back to his younger days in Philadelphia where he arrested for drug possession in 2007 and found himself entangled in legal troubles multiple times thereafter
Meek Mill Heads to Prison for the First Time (2008)
Meek’s first taste of prison came at the age of 18 when he was caught carrying a gun while shopping at a local grocery store. In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Meek recounted his experience. The rapper said that he was walking to a local corner store with a gun in possession and was caught by officials, who “beat the shit out of me.” He was arrested in 2008 following the incident, spent eight months in prison and was later placed on probation for five years.
Halloween Arrest (2012)
Meek Mill was pulled over by cops on Halloween because officials reportedly smelled marijuana coming from his car. Meek said he was arrested for refusing to allow police to search his car. During that time, Meek was on his way to Atlanta for a performance, which he would’ve earned almost $40,000 for. His deal with Puma at the time was also in jeopardy due to all the negative press surrounding him.
Violates Probation (2014)
After his prison release, Meek Mill made it his duty to take his music seriously, which worked out in his favour as the rapper signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group label in 2011. Meek showed promise with the release of his breakout track “I’m a Boss” and his star continued to rise since as his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Despite all his success, the Philly native landed right back in courts in 2014 for violating his probation by booking performances outside of Philly without the Judge’s approval. The rapper was sentenced to three to six months in jail. Meek began his stint in July and was released from prison in December 2014. He was put on parole and ordered to complete etiquette classes.
Violates Parole, Again (2016)
By the time 2016 rolled around, Meek was at the top of his game. He was dating the hottest female rapper at the time — Nicki Minaj — and was embroiled in a meme-able rap beef with Drake. But, Meek found himself in front of the same Judge again for traveling without her permission. In February 2016,she sentenced the rapper to house arrest for 90 days where he’d be forced to wear an ankle monitor, participate in community service, and was prohibited from working and traveling outside of Philly.
St. Louis Airport Scuffle (2017)
Meek Mill found himself involved in a fight at a St. Louis airport earlier last year after refusing to take a photo with an employee. The rapper was charged with a misdemeanour assault and was given a court summons. At the time, Meek was still on probation from his 2009 drug and gun charge. The misdemeanour assault charge was recently dropped, but it wouldn’t be the last run-in Meek would have.
Rides “Recklessly” Through New York City Streets
While Meek started off the year on the wrong foot with a misdemeanour charge following his airport fight, the rapper channelled his energy into his music and dropped off his latest album Wins & Losses. In support of his new album, Meek took the stage at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform the aptly titled “YBA (Young Black America)” but was arrested shortly after for driving his motorbike recklessly in New York City the night prior, after officials obtained footage from social media of Meek’s antics. He was charged with reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
“A guy literally popped a wheelie for 10 seconds on the street with no one else around,” Tacopina said in a video posted by TMZ. “And the police were there. That’s very important. The police were there and they saw it, and they didn’t arrest him. They didn’t even give him a traffic ticket, but somehow the video made it to social media.”
According to TMZ, Meek accepted a plea deal which will remove the charge from his record under the condition that he stays out of trouble for six months and completes community service.
Judge Sentences to Two to Four Years in Prison
Meek may have avoided jail time for his most recent arrests, but the Judge wasn’t so forgiving. Meek’s two charges for 2017 violated his probation terms, and the Judge made it clear she’s had enough and sentenced the rapper to two to four years in state prison. The Judge told Meek, “I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court.”
As Meek was taken into custody, his rap peers offered him some encouraging words including A$AP Ferg, Nipsey Hussle, YG, Kevin Hart, JAY-Z, Rick Ross and more.