Jay-Z is not rocking with a judge’s decision to send Meek Mill to prison for two to four years.
Hov spoke on Meek’s legal woes during the Dallas stop of his 4:44 tour last night.
“Just give me like two seconds, and we’ll keep the show going, but I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” Jay said. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F**king 11 years…The judge just violated him; he’s got to do two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f**king wheelie. Still n***a.” Jay continued to relate the case to the themes of being Black in America that litter his 13 studio LP, “This 4:44 album is all about us moving forward and moving past it. In order for us to move past all the sh*t that we’re going through. Black people, in particular, we gotta get our sh*t together. You’re not second-class to anybody.”
Meek Mill’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, believes his client was unfairly sentenced to prison for probation violations. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, he said, has a personal vendetta against the “Wins and Losses” rapper.
Tacopina says Brinkley have a longstanding beef with Meek due to the two being from the same part of Philly and knowing the same people.
He claims Brinkley hinted leniency if Meek got on one knee and sang Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” with a shout out to her. Meek thought it was a joke and laughed off her request.
Brinkley then allegedly told Tacopina she wasn’t kidding. Meek still refused.
She replied, “Okay, suit yourself.”
Tacopina says even the prosecutors suggested no jail time for Meek.
The Dreamchaser to two to four years in state prison for violating his probation.
Brinkley said her decision to sentence Meek was due to him mocking the number of chances she gave him. She reportedly said Meek had been “just thumbing your nose at me.”
When Meek is admitted into state prison, she said, “I’ll be done with you.”
Brinkley ordered Meek to serve 90 days on house arrest and six years probation in February for violating probation for a 2009 drug and gun conviction.
Meek Mill spent nearly five months in prison in 2014 for violating his probation. He was freed in December 2014 a month ahead of his expected Jan. 11, 2015 release date.
Meek’s probation violations came as a result of his involvement in a fight at a St. Louis airport in March, and recklessly driving his motorcycle in New York City.
Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina told TMZ the Dreamchaser was ordered to complete community service to have his St. Louis airport case dismissed. Meek performed his community service at Philadelphia’s Veterans Association.
Meek took a deal that will get the reckless driving charge expunged from his record if he can go six months without getting arrested again, TMZ reports. He also has to perform 30 hours of community service. Meek is almost finished, as he already did 20 hours.
“This swift resolution vindicates Meek and clearly shows how outrageous the police department’s conduct is in this case,” Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina told TMZ.
Meek was originally charged with a felony, but got it reduced to two misdemeanor charges.