By: Shirley Ju @shirju
(AllHipHop News) Meek Mill recently spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer about life in prison and how Philly has made him the man he is today.
Having been on thin ice with the legal system for quite some time now.
The rapper, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced to 2224 years in prison, for violating probation stemming from a 2008 conviction on gun possession charges.
He was released on bail in April of this year, after entering in November.
The rap star discussed his new role as an advocate for criminal justice reform.
“I feel like I got a bigger responsibility. I never had that type of support before. I been going back and forth to jail for these same reasons for 11 years, but nobody ever really paid it any mind," Meek said. "It took people time to come around and say, 'This can't be right.' Not just not right for me, but for anybody that's on probation, or anybody trying to better themselves.”
Meek detailed some of the rigorous conditions surrounding the terms of his probation from the drug and gun case, highlighting how easy it can be to run afoul of the law for a minor offense, and wind up back in prison.
"To have to drive there [to his probation officer] and show my private parts in front of another man and [urinate] in a cup for something that happened to me when I was 18 years old? It does something to you mentally," Meek stated.
He reveals he has had to go through this process once a month for over a decade.
And although he is free as his lawyers take his case to Superior Court in his ongoing battle with Judge Genece Brinkley, the rapper is still subject to some pretty tough travel restrictions that are no doubt hampering his career.
“I have travel regulations. I gotta tell them three days ahead of time. If I'm in New York, I can't come home to see my son if I don't give them notice for three days in advance. I can schedule a tour, I just gotta do it ahead of time," Meek explained.