Caping For The Chaser: Jay-Z pens op-ed piece on Meek Mill’s incarceration

Meek Mill’s 99 legal problems have inspired “99 Problems” rapper, Jay-Z to speak out against the Philly-bred emcee’s unjust imprisonment.


On Friday, via New York Times op-ed piece, “The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill,” Beyoncé’s 47-year-old hubby empathetically highlighted the excessively harsh terms under which the incarcerated “Dreams And Nightmares” rapper has struggled to abide by since being placed on probation for a drugs and weapons charge at 19.

“For about a decade, (Mill’s) been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside,” HOV said in regards to his 30-year-old Hip-Hop homie recently being sentenced to a 2-4 year prison bid for probation violation.

As previously reported on Cheekywiki, judge Genece Brinkley handed Meek several years behind bars after charges from two separate 2017 arrests were either dropped or dismissed.

Last week, outraged fans rallied outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall demanding a re-evaluation of the “Lord Knows” lyricist’s case.

Lawyers for Meek—who’s reportedly being held in solitude for 23 hours a day, 7 days a week as a safety measure while in jail—have filed documents requesting the musical mastermind be housed amongst the general population, as isolation is negatively effecting his creativity.

“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 added.

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The 21-time Grammy Award winner went on to rebuke the criminal justice system for perpetuating racism against black Americans forced to adhere the unjust confines of a system set up to fail them…

“The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this,” said Jay-Z. “But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day.”

Armed with statistics, Jigga continued, “As of 2015, one-third of the 4.65 million Americans who were on some form of parole or probation were black. Black people are sent to prison for probation and parole violations at much higher rates than white people.”

Furthering his plight, he said, “In Pennsylvania, hundreds of thousands of people are on probation or parole. About half of the people in city jails in Philadelphia are there for probation or parole violations. We could literally shut down jails if we treated people on parole or probation more fairly.”

“Probation is a trap,” wrote Jay-Z in conclusion, “and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison.”


By: Asia Grace

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