Right now, Meek Mill is facing probation-violation charges stemming from a 2008 gun-possession conviction. Meek served eight months in prison for that, and he served another five months last year when a judge determined that he’d violated probation when he traveled without permission. He could now go back to prison, and yesterday, his girlfriend Nicki Minaj went to Philadelphia to testify on his behalf. But the most eye-opening part of the hearing came when prosecutor Noel DeSantis brought up Meek’s feud with Drake.
According to Phillly.com, during the hearing, DeSantis said that Drake fans “blew up” her phone, begging her to arrest Meek. If that’s true — and I guess it must be — then it’s about the shittiest possible example of rap-fan behavior. Trying to get one rapper sent to prison because you’re on the other side of a rap beef is about the lamest shit I can possibly imagine.
In her testimony, Minaj confirmed that she and Meek are living together, and she said she’d be sleeping alone if Meek got sent to prison. She also said that he’s sometimes “irresponsible” but that he’s working to become “a quote-unquote adult”: “He never purposefully goes against rules. He absolutely wants to make this a smooth transition.”
DeSantis said that Meek’s offenses included drawing thousands of fans to a video shoot and being briefly stopped at the Canadian border, neither of which seems like any reason to send someone to prison. And she said that he didn’t always show up at certain places where he told probation officers he’d be. But the life of an A-list rapper is extremely chaotic, and I can’t believe that the court wouldn’t realize this. DeSantis also mentioned that Minaj is “probably twice as successful as the defendant,” at which point Philly.com claims “Minaj’s eyes widened in a look straight out of one of her videos.”
Meek won’t know his fate until court reconvenes next Thursday. At one point the judge said he was “thumbing his nose at me, and I haven’t been convinced otherwise,” which does not seem like a good sign.
On Instagram yesterday, Meek wrote:
I’m actually fighting for my life and freedom … Something I’ve been going thru from a case I caught at 19 years old and been on probation since… I am 28 now … It’s funny to see people on the internet laughing and joking about me and my family going thru these things, it’s just shows me where the world is at nowadays! But if you are for me prayers up and wish me the best! Thank you to everybody that ever supported and I will continue to b great! If this is my last post know I will continue to remain strong and grow to b a better man and set a example for every minority with a dream that anything is possible! Trials and tribulations and chances makes chances & never lose faith! No matter how things go. PRAYERS UP!!
And in only vaguely related news, you should go see Creed. There are a couple of great scenes in there that Meek soundtracks.