Up until a few months ago, rapper Meek Mill was considered one of the bad boys of hip-hop and Nicki Minaj’s former boo. But, when the 30-year old Philly recording artist Robert Rihmeek Williams was caught popping wheelies on his motorcycle during a music video shoot–his life would take another direction.
On charges of violating his probation, he was jailed without bail.
On Tuesday, after five months, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered an immediate an ‘unsecured bail’ release.
In an official statement, the Roc Nation recording artist says, “I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support, and encouragement during this difficult time,” he said. “While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”
Mill received a two-to-four year prison sentence in November for violating probation on a 2008 gun and drug case. (He was arrested in 2017 after being involved in a fight and again detained later for popping wheelies on a dirt bike.) Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug test and the rapper’s noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel in her sentencing order.
Sentenced to a two to four years in November on a probation violation revolving around a 2008 gun and drug case, Judge Genece Brinkley cited Williams for a failed drug test. Also, noncompliance with a court order restricting travel.
After the judge denied him bail and a new trial request, the case was sent to the state’s Supreme Court.
Understanding his fate, Williams’ began to address the common issues that surround the broken bail systems that plague the criminal justice system. Others including Philadelphia 76ers owner, Michael Rubin began to bring this problem to the forefront, advocating on his behalf and igniting a public campaign–#FreeMeekMill.
As the rapper exits the correctional facility greeted by family and friends, his case is currently under appeal.