In his first interview since his release, the Wins & Losses rapper told NBC Nightly News presenter Lester Holt: “I haven’t felt free since I caught this case at 19 and I am 30 now.”
The rapper has given his first interview since serving four months of a potential four-year sentence
Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was released earlier this week, five months into serving a potential four-year sentence.
The rapper, who was raised in Philadelphia, told Holt “Let’s retire #FreeMeekMill and make it #JusticeReform”.
Beyonce, Jay-Z and comedian Kevin Hart were among Meek Mill’s numerous celebrity supporters campaigning for his release over the past five months.
A social media campaign using the hashtag #FreeMeek called on authorities to overturn the 30 year old’s sentence. Many view the sentencing as harsh and indicative of the institutional racism black men suffer at the hands of the US justice system.
Now he has been released, Meek Mill is keen to help others going through similar situations to his own.
He said: “I got a lot of responsibility, there’s a lot of important people depending on me, I am talking about the men going through the same things I am going through.”
Meek Mill’s was on probation for almost a decade following a conviction for drug dealing and weapons charges in 2008 when he was sentenced to two to four years last November.
He was arrested for on two separate occasions for an altercation in an airport and for reckless driving. Charges were dropped in both cases but the judge presiding over Meek Mill’s case deemed the arrests as a breach of his probation.
Speaking after his release, he said: “I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”
Jay-Z said: “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system.”
Prosecutors are yet to drop the charges against Meek Mill, who could face a new trial.