By Maurice Bobb
Art really does imitate life for Meek Mill as he found himself in a nightmarish situation with the law on the very evening of his release party celebrating his debut album, Dreams & Nightmares. The North Philly-bred MC tweeted a picture of himself last night being detained by authorities in Philadelphia along with the following message to his one million plus followers: "cops cost me a lot of money tonight .....taking pics of me like I'ma fuckin joke....no charges just holding."
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the MMG rookie sensation was detained by Philadelphia Police after he was in a vehicle stopped by officers at 1100 W. Girard Avenue last night around 8 p.m. “He was not arrested,” Philiadelphia Police spokeswoman Julian Russell told RapFix. “He was stopped in a vehicle but was not arrested. He was only detained in a substation. In normal cases, we do not give out this kind of information, so I can’t release anything further.”
Authorities are handcuffed on what they can release about the incident, but, according to a tweet he sent out last night, Meek is furious about having to share wrist real estate earmarked for his Rolex with police bracelets. "The crazy part about it is I really had a handcuff and Rolex on my wrist yesterday.... Really #DreamsAndNightmares," he wrote referencing his album artwork.
This week has really been a combination of dreams and nightmares for the 23-year old spitter. On the same day that he dropped his much-anticipated solo project, superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast and stalled album sales. Last night, before an event that should have been a merry time, he was reminded of the nightmares he’s had to endure from the law.
"I ain't get locked up...definitely not in NYC with no gun!" he wrote. "Cops just harassed and violated me last night in Philly just for being famous!"
Meek was just in hot water with Philadelphia officials a few months ago when he was reprimanded for making a reference to the assistant district attorney Noel Ann DeSantis on his track "The Ride." Meek was told to "tread lightly” in court by DeSantis for these lyrics: "The D.A. said she hate me but I don't understand/When I just rocked a show in front of 50,000 fans/I think that bitch racist, she probably in a clan."
Things aren't all bad for Meek, though, his album is currently on pace to move over 200k units for the first week, despite the impact of Sandy. If it weren’t for the continued momentum of Taylor Swift’s high volume selling opus, Red, which has already sold a whopping 1.208 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, he'd be on pace to grab the #1 spot on Billboard.