Jay-Z had some thoughts to share on Meek Mill’s harsh prison sentence.
After speaking out against the sentence on Facebook earlier this week, Jay addressed the crowd during his concert in Dallas on Tuesday night.
“He caught a charge when he was, like, 19,” Jay told the crowd. “He’s 30 now. He’s been on probation for 11 years. F—ing 11 years. Judge gave him two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f*cking wheelie.”
“This 4:44 album is all about us moving forward, moving past it,” he continued. “In order for us to move past the shit we going through, we have to address it. Everyone has to be just as outraged, [we] can’t look at it as a black and white issue, we have to look at it as a human issue.”
“Black people in particular, we have to get our shit together. We not second class to anybody, we’re equal to everybody. We deserved everything that everybody else gets — stop selling yourself short.”
Check out what he had to say below.
On Monday (Nov. 6), Meek Mill was sentenced two to four years in state prison for violating probation stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel as her basis for sentencing.
The hip-hop community rallied behind the Wins and Losses MC and decried her egregious decision on social media. While T.I. and Nipsey Hussle left encouraging messages for Meek suggesting that he remains positive, rap luminary JAY-Z was critical of Brinkley’s decision, dubbing it “unjust and heavy handed” in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina vows to appeal his client’s ruling and tackle Brinkley’s decision, citing that she has a personal vendetta against the Philly rapper. “She’s enamored with him,” Tacopina tells Billboard. “She showed up at his community service for the homeless people. She showed up and sat at the table. She’s a judge. You could pull any judge in America and ask them how many times they’ve showed up at a community service for a probation and the answer is zero.”
Tacopina spoke to Billboard about what he called Brinkley’s “infatuation” with Mill, how she requested that he re-record a Boyz II Men song and shout her out, and how she wanted him to leave Roc Nation to sign with a friend of hers. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
This is all just crazy…share your thoughts below on how you feel about this sentence.