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Meek Mill Uses Celebrity Status To Speak For Those Who Can't In 'Dateline' Interview

The rapper, while he’s been happy and in attendance at every gathering, has been working toward something else, too.

Before his 31st birthday, Robert Rihmeek Williams, known as Meek Mill, put his next mission into perspective. He says the #MeToo movement has shown him what support and advocacy can really do and he’s focusing on justice reform now. He made it known on “Dreams and Nightmares: The Meek Mill Story,” which aired at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday (May 6) on Dateline.

Since his release, for a sentence that many thought irrational, there has been a slew of celebrations in honor of his freedom. The rapper, while he’s been happy and in attendance at every gathering, has been working toward something else, too, NBC News reports.

On Nov. 6, 2017, Mill was sentenced to two to four years for a parole violation. This incited protests and celebrity support on all platforms, with fans citing wrongful parole extensions and extreme sentences as a clear injustice. The rapper was released prematurely on April 24 and only 18 hours later, he sat down with NBC News’ Lester Holt. The journalist focused on Mill’s plan for reform as it relates to the U.S. prison system’s unusually high rate of incarceration for people of color.

“I haven’t slept one minute since I’ve been out of prison,” the rapper said. The Philadelphia native thanked the city’s District Attorney’s office on the day of his release, before announcing that he would be “[using his] platform to shine a light on those issues.”

Mill admitted the constant feeling of restriction, although it appears as if he enjoys common liberties. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. [I’m] 30 now.” The "Amen" artist was initially on probation for eight years in 2008, for drug and firearm charges. Then, that was extended to 16. While they only make up 12.3 percent of the U.S. population, black people account for 37.9 percent of the U.S. prison population, the BOP declared. “Something is not working,” Mill added.

Michael Rubin, Mill's friend and co-owner of the NBA's 76ers, voiced his support on the 40-minute special, too. “I think he’s gonna shine giant light on this incredible problem that we have,” he said.

The rapper is returning to court with his legal team in a month, and they plan to contest the probationary period. Right now, it looks like even prosecutors are on his side.

Watch the full interview here.

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The Clark Sisters Imply Kanye West Didn't Get Sample Clearance For 'Sunday Service'

During his 'Sunday Service' show at Coachella on Easter Sunday (April 21), Kanye West delighted fans with church-tinged renditions of some of his hits and hits from gospel sensations and black artists.

While it appears that much of the service was a success, gospel icons The Clark Sisters took to Instagram to imply that West didn't ask to use their song during the performance. Kanye used snippets of their song "Ha Ya."

"Thanks for the love man we appreciate it. Taking the gospel to the world," the legendary musicians wrote in a caption of a video, which featured Kanye using the sample. "We own the rights to this music," they continued.

Reports state that if he had been cleared to use the song during the service, he would have had to go through The Clark Sisters' publishers for licensing purposes.

Looks like the sisters will likely be getting a check soon.

 

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Thanks for the love man we appreciate it. Taking the gospel to the world. ❤️❤️❤️@twinkieclark We own the rights to this music @thelegendaryclarksisters @kanyesundayservices #Sunshine #theclarksisters

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YNW Melly: State Seeking Death Penalty In Rapper's Murder Case

According to reports, the state of Florida is reportedly seeking the death penalty in YNW Melly's murder case. The rapper was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Florida is one of 30 states in which capital punishment is legal.

"In the docs, the State says it believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Melly killed his friends for financial gain, the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, and he committed homicide in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner," reports TMZ. "The State also believes Melly is a criminal gang member."

Melly (real name Jamell Demons) is being accused of killing his friends back in October 2018. He is said to have shot his friends Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr. to death, hitting them in the back, head and torso. He also reportedly drove around with their bodies in the car, and shot up his own car to make it look like a drive-by shooting.

This is a developing story.

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YG Shares Fourth Album Title Ahead Of May Release Date

YG is preparing to bless fans with a highly-anticipated full-length album since he announced its release for May 3. Now, in an interview with Billboard, the "FDT" rapper shared the fourth studio project's name, 4REAL 4REAL.

The 29-year-old artist revealed that being in the studio is where he feels unabashedly free, especially given this tough time since his longtime friend Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

The Compton native's previous album, Stay Dangerous, hosts singles like "Big Bank," "Handgun," and other cuts featuring Jay 305 like "Bulletproof," "Slay" with Quavo," and "Power" featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

"From my first album to my second album, and from my second album to my third album, it took me two years to put out each project," he said. "That wasn't my choice. Life was changing: I got shot, I had a daughter. It was crazy—it took a little longer."

YG's upcoming project was originally slated for a mid-April release, but when the shocking news of Hussle's passing hit, the famed rapper placed a halt on the soundscape's debut. During his first weekend set at Coachella, YG said he was able to push through the performance given his consumption of alcohol. "But my ni**a gone," he said, per HipHopDX. "I got to deal with the sh*t. So I decided to push my album back to May 3."

 

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It ain’t right that the homie is gone and not here with his kids and family this Easter. With all the love that’s bein shown & everything great the homie set up and left behind for his family and kids I STILL DONT UNDERSTAND! Forever @nipseyhussle the gr8 😢💙💙💔💔

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