There are times when a certain segment of the industry needs to get out of their own way and be accountable for their actions and decisions. Today, that applies to rapper Meek Mill. The Philly rapper has gotten himself into a predicament even his alleged “boo” Nicki Minaj cannot twerk him out of. Reports from the court are claiming that all the begging and the pleading in the world did not sway the judge from finding Meek Mill guilty of repeatedly violating his probation. Unfortunately for Meek, it could mean him going back to jail. The judge has scheduled his sentencing for February 5, 2016.
Could Meek Mill have forgotten he was again in front of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, who had spared him state prison in a 2009 drug and gun case? Let’s call her Sunshine Anderson because “she’s heard it all before! ” This court has done nothing but try to help the defendant,” she firmly told Meek Mill (aka Robert Williams) and those present in the court room, “How many times am I supposed to give him a second chance” she asked, concluding that probation may no longer be “appropriate.” She ordered him not to work or perform before the February 5 sentencing. (Meek’s gonna miss the coins from those holiday gigs!)
How ironic is it that so many rappers proclaim that they are so hard on their records, yet when their freedom is on the line, they “mitch out,” break down or start crying. Word from the curb says Meek pulled a “Becky” move and in lieu of an explanation, he gave the judge a fist full of tears. Mill offered emotional testimony about his rudderless childhood in gritty North Philadelphia. In etweeb tears, Meek reportedly addressed the judge directly saying “I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal. The chance you gave me definitely changed my life and changed my family’s life,” Mill testified, explaining that he supports his mother, extended family and 4-year-old son. “If you didn’t give me a chance, I probably wouldn’t be at this place I’m at now. I have my queen, Nicki [Minaj who also testified on his behalf] now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there.” The icing on the cake has to be his apology to the D.A. for calling her a “bitch” in his song ‘The Ride’.
One can only speculate if Meek was just a regular “Joe Smith,” the judge and the D.A. probably might have shown him some leniency. But nooooooo he wants to nay-nay and tootsie roll around the country behind Nicki, not keeping the court aware of his travels, being arrogant and disrespecting the judge and D.A. who may decide to work together to make an example out of him. Perhaps the trials and tribulations of fellow Philly rapper Beanie Sigal isn’t enough of a cautionary tale for Meek Mill.
It seems the judicial system is sick and tired of these athletes and entertainers running around thinking they are untouchable. In the words of somebody’s grandmother, “I can show you better than I can tell you.”
Let’s hope for his sake and the sake of those who depend on him, Meek Mill will finally get it together and keep it that way.