Amazon Prime in partnership with Jay-Z and RocNation released a new docu-series titled “Free Meek” that gives a vivid account of the social injustice popular rapper Meek Mill has faced since the age of eighteen years old. At eighteen Robert Rihmeek Williams more formerly known as “Meek Mill” was arrested and charged with nineteen crimes the most serious of that nineteen being intent to distribute crack cocaine and assault in which the arresting and testifying officer claims that Meek Mill pointed a gun at seven heavily armed officers before being subdued. To make matters worse Meek Mill was appointed a judge by the name of Genece Brinkley who appeared to give Meek Mill a break during their first encounter at the initial sentencing, before claiming eleven years of his life in and out of court, jail, and prison with an apparent axe to grind. Free Meek provides court transcripts as well as accounts from Meek Mill himself, his lawyers, advocates, family, investigators and Genece Brinkley’s own attorney. I would argue that this docu-series is a much watch.
Personal Thoughts on Free Meek + What we can all learn from this story
I’ve listened to Meek Mill’s music prior to watching the Amazon Prime “Free Meek” docuseries, however it wasn’t until I finished the series that began to understand the raw pain, trauma, emotion, and struggle that is deeply embedded in a majority of his lyrics. Meek Mill grew up with nothing, he literally “got it out the gutter” and grinded his way into the position of status he is currently in. With the system pitted against him and determined to break him, time and time again Meek Mill picks himself up by his bootstraps and soldiers on. With a drive and determination that honestly is unmatched he has not stopped fighting for justice and has now even decided to take up the mantle and fight for others.
I’m truly inspired by his story and his journey. The biggest take away for me (other than the fact that the “justice system needs serious reformation) is that in this life we don’t have time to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. if you want to change your life then change it. Meek Mill quickly figured out that although he was shy and timid at first, he was good at rap. He got embarrassed one time during a rap battle and decided from that point on he’d give it one hundred percent. His mother did what she could to take care of her children but at the end of the day they still lived in poverty as so many other black and brown Americans do. Meek Mill knew the life he wanted to live, he knew the life he wanted to provide for his family so he went and got it. In between jail stints and court dates he worked on hustle. Everytime life tried to knock him down he got back up and kept fighting. Was it hard sometimes? Absolutely. But he never let up.
I have to admit, I’ve never been on a 23 hour lock down in prison so I have no clue how he felt. I know that Meek speaks of being stuck in his own head and not being able to write music during the times he was away. What I do know is that when he “gained his freedom” ( I use that term very loosely because he still isn’t truly free nor has he been since being caught in the system) he got right back to work.
Life’s problems come in waves often times knocking us down before we can fully get our feet planted firmly on the ground. If you have goals, and aspirations, if you want to reach a certain level in life, then be like Meek.
Use those problems and that pain to motivate you.
Use it to help elevate you.
And never let up. Never take your foot off life’s neck.
Come back harder every time.
Eventually, you will win.