JAY-Z’s 4:44 Tour rolled through Philadelphia last night (Dec. 1). Jay put on a show at the Wells Fargo Center, which featured the Brooklyn MC showing support for Meek Mill in his hometown.
“This man is in jail for doing really – for breaking up a fight,” Hov told the crowd, referring to the incident back in March, where Meek was charged with assault at a St. Louis airport. Meek claimed he was breaking up an altercation. The case was later dropped, but the incident played a part in a judge deciding to sentence Meek to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.
“Free Meek Mill,” Hov added. He went on to play Meek’s “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” which, of course, got the crowd hype AF. Many of them were holding signs that read: Justice4Meek.
According to TMZ, celebs like Trey Songz and Yo Gotti were spotted in the VIP wearing or holding Stand With Meek Mill hoodies that were given to them by the 76ers’ owner, Michael Rubin.
Jigga has voiced his opinion on Meek’s situation before, penning an op-ed in the New York Times about the matter. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” Jay wrote. “I saw this up close when I was growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”
The mission to get the rapper out of prison continues, as Meek’s lawyers recently filed an emergency bail motion in Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Check out footage from Jigga’s 4:44 Tour stop in Philadelphia below.