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5 Revealing Facts From Meek Mill's Prison Interview

RollingStone sat down with Meek Mill in prison. 

Since last November Meek Mill has been sitting in a prison cell while he serves time on some very suspicious "parole violations." When the Philadelphia rapper joined some youngsters in New York City on a dirtbike ride never did he think his care-free actions would land him back behind bars.

While his fans and supporters from the hip-hop community continue to chant and write #FreeMeek on social media, the MMG rapper's legal team is doing all they can to free the man --- and bring the corrupt members of Philly's shady court system to the light. RollingStone recently visited the rapper in prison to discuss some key details about his long history with Philadelphia police and its criminal justice system. They also took a very close examination at Meek's case and spoke to members of his family about his first arrest at the age of 18 that put a damper on his life and career every since.

VIBE has reported on many of the details exposed in the article, but we combed through to pluck the 5 most revealing takeaways from RS's #FreeMeekMill story.

After Meek Mill's father was murdered when he was just 5 years old, his mother says it took nearly 10 years for Meek to speak again.

"For 10 years, I barely got a word out that boy. He'd stay in his room drawing cartoons," says Kathy Williams, his mother. "Then he turned 15 and those hormones hit him hard. He was out there on the corner, spitting fire."

Meek only allows lawyers and a few close friends to visit him in prison.

"I won't let them come," he says of his family, musical collaboraters and friends. "If they see me like this – fucked-up beard, hair all ganked – then it's like I'm really in here. Which I'm not."

Meek's manager claims Judge Brinkley, who handles his case, has ties to Charlie Mack --- the well known Philadelphia media mogul who once managed the rapper but parted ways on bad terms over money disputes.

"Last thing [Charlie] said was, 'Too many chiefs, not enough Indians,' " says Phil Smith, Meek's manager about partying ways with Charlie Mack. "I'm like, 'Yeah, whatever, motherfucker.' "

After his release, Meek has plans to help spread awareness about the way America's prison systems have been designed to systemically trap Black and Brown citizens.

"There's brothers locked down that did nothing to be here but piss off people like Brinkley," Meek says about the inmates in prison with him. "I want to speak on this system and what it does to black people – on both fucking sides of the fence. "Straight self-hate, man, it makes these people crazy."

Meek's cousins who were apprehended with Meek during his first arrest at age 18 says officers severally beat him up, stole money from them and lied about allegedly witnessing Meek sell crack cocaine.

"They started beating us, kicking us, yelling, 'Eyes to the ground, motherfuckers!' " says Meek's cousin William Bailey. "Then a few of 'em went upstairs to search our rooms." They came back holding a bag of money. "It was my money," says Ikeem, who was the house's weed supplier. "He took $30,000 from my closet. Graham yelled 'Jackpot!' as he came down the stairs."

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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