Amid a growing outcry for his release, rapper Meek Mill spoke to NBC’s Lester Holt over the phone from jail for a news special on his current legal situation.
In the interview, Meek discusses how he always felt that his 10-year probation would land him behind bars again, and that he feels it is his calling to help others in situations similar to his. Read what he said to Lester Holt below.
”Walking through them neighborhoods, this is the… There’s bullet holes in the windows, there’s bullet holes in the cars when you’re walking to school.
It was always a though in the back of my mind that 10 years of probation would bring me back to prison.
I think God delivered me a job to helping people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself. I say, don’t show me no pity, because this is my life. This is what I’ve been going through, and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men.”
Meek Mill is currently serving a sentence of two to four years for violating a parole agreement that started back in 2009. You can read up on his legal battle here. While he’s been serving time, a music video for his Wins & Losses track “1942 Flows” was released, featuring themes highly relevant to his current legal situation. You can watch that video below and read about it here.
Recently, Meek has been visited in jail by New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin. After his visit, Kraft went on record to say the following:
“I think he’s sort of conditioned that this is what happens. It’s not right and fair. We talked about a lot of things as far as what’s going on in the inner city. He should’ve been released a long time ago. Anyone looking at the facts, why do you want to have a man like this in jail? It’s criminal.”
Rubin made comments as well:
“It’s now with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and I believe they’ll step in and do the right thing. This has been a situation that started with a wrongful conviction and ended up with a really bad judge. I believe he will get out soon. I know that’s what everyone wants other than one judge in Philadelphia.”
Since his legal troubles flared up in 2017, other high-profile celebrities such as Jay-Z and Kevin Hart have also spoken out in support of the release of Meek Mill. Jay-Z went as far as to pen an op-ed piece for the New York Times about the flaws of the criminal justice system that Meek is subjected to like so many other black Americans. More recently, fellow rapper and label-mate Wale made a heartfelt Instagram post in support of Meek Mill, even though they’ve had issues in the past.
Another hearing of this case is scheduled for this upcoming Monday. Stay tuned for developments in Meek Mill’s case.