Meek Mill is headed to prison for three to six months after violating probation stemming from a 2009 drug and gun case. The rapper (born Robert Williams) was taken into custody and transported to the city prison complex in Northeast Philadelphia after a judge handed down the sentence, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Friday (July 11).
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley had reportedly reached her limit with Meek after the MMG rapper booked concerts between July 11 and August 11, despite her order that he cut back on scheduling shows during that time to resolve his ongoing probation issues.
“Sir, I didn’t want to do this but you made me do this,” Judge Brinkley told Meek in court. “After all the years I tried to get you on the right track.”
The Philly MC and his lawyer Gary Silver tried unsuccessfully to convince Brinkley not to send him back to prison, arguing that the interruption would destroy the momentum he’s built in his budding rap career.
Meek’s sophomore LP, Dreams Worth More Than Money, is scheduled for a September 9 release.
“It took me 15 years to get here and this will be extremely damaging to my life,” Meek told the judge.
The “I Don’t Know” MC has been a regular fixture in the Philadelphia court system for the last two years, wrangling with the city’s probation officers about the terms and limitations of his probation, as well as drawing the ire of the judge about his international touring schedule.
Mill, who just this week showed support for families and victims effected by a fatal fire in Southwest Philly that claimed the lives of four children, was scheduled to headline a concert at Echostage in Washington, D.C. Friday night.
“He’s not going to make that concert tonight,” Brinkley told Meek’s lawyer.