(AllHipHop News) Robert "Meek Mill" Williams started off 2018 behind the bars of a Pennsylvania state prison. The Philadelphia native was released in April, and since that time he has taken steps to reform the American justice system.
Billboard honored Meek's transformation by presenting him with the inaugural 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Impact Award. Another music publication also celebrated the 31-year-old rapper with a cover story.
Meek Mill graces the front of the Fall 2018 issue of XXL. The Hip Hop magazine also got Williams to write and recite a letter written to his 19-year-old self.
"Unlike most of the sea of mostly black and brown people unfairly assaulted and incarcerated by police, you have the biggest voice. You have the ability to turn your mugshot into a flashlight that exposes an incredibly unjust judicial system," says Meek.
The "Stay Woke" performer continues, "And while you're lifting a generation out from the bottom, never forget you once lived there. Never forget those hunger pains, always remember how to fight for food."
Meek is preparing to release his fourth studio album. His previous musical set, Wins & Losses, came out in 2017 prior to his latest incarceration.