By Henna Kathiya
It looks like Meek Mill is staying put for the rest of the holidays. A Philadelphia judge decided on Monday (December 17) that the Dreams and Nightmares rapper will not be able to leave the area for at least a month and must perform community service for violating his probation.
The Philly born rapper will not be able to go anywhere until January 16 with the exception of the upcoming Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Meek’s troubles go all the way back to 2008, when he served time for weapons and drug charges. “I pleaded guilty to the gun. You know I was young, I wasn’t using my head fully,” the MMG rapper stated in an interview with NBC10’s Lu Ann Cahn. He was also pulled over in October for having tinted windows.
He got in trouble for repeatedly ignoring an earlier ruling to stop scheduling upcoming performances. “I got nothing to hide, I’m working,” he said. He was supposed to appear on Conan in LA later this week before heading to Africa to wrap up his tour. Now he will not be able to do either. “I’m out here doing good. Until I start doing something bad that’s when I think it should be a problem.”
"You need to get yourself together," Common Court Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during Monday's 2 and a half hour probation hearing.
The 25-year-old rapper hoped that all the travel bans would be lifted, given that Meek Mill is in demand. His album Nightmares and Dreams debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums charts in October.
He told NBC10 that he needs to keep touring so he can support his family and entourage. Given that MMG’s recent tour dates were canceled, the MMG rapper is looking to fill in the gaps as much as he can but as of now Meek is grounded to Philly.