Meek Mill Speaks With NBC News On Life After Prison: “It’s Actually Like A Culture Shock”

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For rapper Meek Mill, the last five months have been an uphill battle as his supporters and legal team worked around the clock to free him from prison. The Philadelphia native was originally set to serve two to four years for a probation violation which many criticized as too severe. Born Robert Rihmeek Williams, the star sat down with Lester Holt of NBC News for his first interview post-release.

On Wednesday (Apr. 25), the 30-year-old admitted, “It’s actually like a culture shock coming from a small cell back into the real world. I think my body has to adjust at this point.” Following his release (Apr. 24), he was immediately whisked away by helicopter with co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers Michael Rubin and fellow Philly native/comedian Kevin Hart to attend the playoff game (where the Sixers won against the Miami Heat).

When asked if he felt free since making bail, Williams was honest in his response and said he hasn’t felt free “since I caught this case at age 19, I’m 30 now.” Williams has been on probation for 12 years which stemmed from a drugs and weapon possession charge.

Following his experience, Williams said, “I have a lot of important people depending on me, I’m not just talking about those public officials. I’m talking about the men going through the exact same thing I’m going through.”