JAY-Z Shows Support for Meek Mill at ‘4:44′ Philadelphia Tour Stop [VIDEO]
JAY-Z’s “4:44 Tour” made a stop in Philadelphia on Friday (Dec. 1) and the rap mogul would have been remissed if he didn’t bring up Meek Mill’s legal plight during his show.
Hov has been an outspoken critics of Mill’s sentence of 2-4 years in prison for violating his probation. He even wrote an op-ed for the New York Times calling the probation system a trap for black men.
According to Philly.com, fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo arena held up signs that read: “Free Meek Mill” and “Justice4Meek.” JAY-Z, himself, stopped the show twice to address Meek Mill’s situation. After performing “Big Pimpin’,” Hov urged the crowd to rap along to Mill’s hit “Dreams and Nightmares.”
Later, after performing his Grammy-nominated song “The Story of O.J.,” the veteran rhyme-slinger linked Mill’s legal problem with Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest against racial injustice.
"[Taking a knee before the National Anthem] is not about the flag,” he told the audience. "That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.”
“And if you see a young man put on probation for 11 years since he was 19 years old, that man is being stomped by the system," he continued. "That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight."
Last week, Mill’s legal team filed an emergency motion to have the embattled rapper freed on bail. Attorneys are accusing Philadelphia Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who originally sentenced Mill to prison, of refusing to respond to their post-sentencing appeals.
In addition, the Rev. Al Sharpton recently visited Mill at the Chester State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania where he is currently imprisoned.