Last night Drake joined an increasingly deafening choir of people in support of Meek Mill, who is currently in prison for potentially two to four years on an unjust probation violation. On tour in Melbourne, Australia, Drizzy spotted a fan in a Meek Mill shirt and said “Free Meek Mill, you right.” A few others in the crowd joined in:
In 2015 Drake and Meek Mill engaged in a protracted and painfully uninteresting beef that started when Drake used a ghostwriter for his feature on Meek Mill’s “Rico.” It set off a number of diss tracks nobody remembers, even though Drake’s “Back to Back” was Grammy nominated. Prior to this arrest, Meek Mill was working to rebuild his career from said beef, releasing his second and third full-length records, Dreams Worth More Than Money and Wins & Loses in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Last week Meek Mill was the topic of a Jay-Z penned a New York Times Op-Ed on criminal justice reform. A number of other rappers, too, have been sending their thoughts via social media, like Migos’ Quavo, below.
The topic of Meek Mill’s music often wrestles with the criminal justice system, the frequency in which his friends and supporters turned their backs on him when he needed them the most. After a decade of dealing with said nonsense (and unfortunately still fighting it today) his community is showing up for him. It’s a beautiful thing.