Meek Mill's polarizing legal battle has taken on a life its own outside the court system. Momentum from the #FreeMeekMill movement may be at an all-time high, but that has still not changed anything when it comes to the Philly native remaining behind bars. Rolling Stone caught up with Meek for his first prison interview where he touched on the corruption within the criminal justice system, and plans looking ahead to his freedom.
The Dreams and Nightmares artist revealed that he keeps a small circle lawyers and close friends when it comes to visitors. “I won't let my family] come,” he says. “If they see me like this — fucked-up beard, hair all ganked — then it's like I'm really in here. Which I'm not.”
Williams refuses to let Judge Genece Brinkley “win.” Brinkley, who originally had the rapper locked up on various drug and weapon counts a decade ago, has sent him back to prison on two separate occasions. According to a Philadelphia attorney who preferred to stay nameless in the Rolling Stone piece, Brinkley continues to mistreat young Black defendants in court. “She's a sadist. She puts long-tail probations on young Black men, then jerks them back to jail for small infractions,” he claims.
The 30-year-old looks to shine a light on Brinkley's detailed history discriminatory tactics, “There's brothers locked down that did nothing to be here but piss f people like Brinkley. I want to speak on this system and what it does to Black people. On both fucking sides the fence,” Meek persistently says.
While locked up since November on a two to four-year sentence, the MMG artist has had plenty time to think about his next move in the free world. At the end the piece, Meek mentions his plans to move out the City Brotherly Love and down south to Atlanta once he's out prison.
Read the Rolling Stone article in its entirety here.