Harden says he's doing well
Meek Mill has tons of famous supporters, all of whom are outraged to see him go back to prison over a nearly 10-year-old charge. But it’s still surprising to hear the big names who are willing to pay Meek a visit now that he’s locked away.
James Harden dropped by Meek Mill’s sad new digs to tell him to keep his head up and then posted about the encounter to social media.
According to TMZ an NBA player is now firmly on Meek’s side and said that the rapper is hoping to be home in the early part of next year and that he has some serious new music planned for his fans.
“Got a chance to see my bro Meek Mill today. His spirit is high and hopefully we can get him out by February,” James Harden wrote. “Told me to tell y’all when he get out he got some (fire) for y’all.”
Harden also had some special edition “Free Meek” shoes whipped up and the gossip website reports that he plans to wear them while playing the Celtics.
His visit from the NBA star isn’t the only news from Meek’s camp of late. Even though the star is locked away, he’s making the most of his time. Reps for the prison in which Meek is being held told TMZ that he’s working while in the prison, making 19 cents an hour to perform general labor around the Pennsylvania facility.
According to the gossip website, the rapper cleans the cell blocks and the prison grounds. And when he’s not doing that he also works in the kitchen where he washes dishes, cooks and serves food.
Mill apparently does the jobs with a good attitude and his head held high… but he doesn’t just get the tiny paycheck for his efforts. Joining the work crew affords Meek access to the electrical and carpentry shops.
Outside of famous athletes like Harden and other visitor Colin Kaepernick, Meek got some huge support from his label boss Rick Ross and hip-hop titan Jay-Z. The latter wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling what happened to Meek an injustice and urging the nation to reevaluate the probation system as a whole.
“Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence,” he wrote. “Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.”
“The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this. But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” Jay added. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
Jay then called probation a “trap” and asked readers to fight for people “unjustly sent to prison.”
What do you think? Is Meek getting out soon? Will he have music at the ready if he does? Are we ready for Meek Mill’s prison album and will it be the thing to wipe away the stain of his Drake beef?
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