Meek Mill has more first-hand experience with the idiocy of the American criminal justice system than most. He was sentenced to two to four years after a few minor parole violations, including popping a wheelie on a dirtbike. And since he was released from prison in April, he’s become an outspoken advocate for prison and criminal justice reform, going on The Tonight Show and Dateline to get his message across.
On Monday, Meek Mill penned an op-ed for The New York Times, arguing that prisoners need a new set of rights. And today, he went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he talked about the first time he went to prison in 2008, watching Ellen in prison, and the need for reform. “A lot of these things don’t make sense and everybody knows they don’t make sense but nobody focuses on changing the system,” he said. He also beat Ellen in ping-pong: “You gotta go to jail to get as good as me at ping-pong.” Watch his appearance on Ellen and check out tour dates below.
On Friday, Meek Mill is releasing Championships, his first new album since being released from prison. He’s already shared two songs, “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies” and “Uptown Vibes” featuring Fabolous and Anuel AA, and in an interview with Vulture, he revealed that the LP also features Cardi B, Ella Mai, and Kodak Black and samples Beyoncé. His newly announced Motivation Tour kicks off 2/19 in Miami.
02/19 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
02/22 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
02/23 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
02/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
02/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
03/01 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
03/05 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
03/08 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
03/09 Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre
03/12 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
03/15 Philadelphia, PA @ The MET
03/19 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
03/21 Washington, DC @ The Anthem
03/23 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
03/24 Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy