Meek Mill Chops It Up About Prison Reform With Ellen DeGeneres
Following a rather intense game of ping-pong with Ellen DeGeneres for her afternoon talk show, Meek Mill stopped by to talk about his forthcoming album and his time in prison. Advocating for prison and probation reform the rapper-turned-ping-pong pro opened the conversation with a joke.
“You have to go to jail to get as good as me at ping-pong,” he said. Laughing at the unfortunate situation that landed him back in jail, the rapper began to drop jewels on the live studio audience. Talking about when he was arrested for breaking his probation for popping a wheelie on a motorcycle, the MC was locked up for a video he posted on Instagram.
"A lot of people would see somebody and say, 'Oh, he violated probation,' but it could have been loitering at Starbucks, it could have been anything," Mill told DeGeneres of the harsh terms many people find themselves under while on probation. "Police contact is a violation of probation. So, a lot of people would say 'Oh, he belongs in jail.' But I didn't commit a crime."
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Speaking about the offense that landed the "Dreams And Nightmares" rapper behind bars, Robert Rihmeek Williams, commonly referred to by his stage name, noted that the ways in which parolee's become re-offenders does not sell the idea of a fair justice system.
"A lot of these things don't make sense and everybody knows they don't make sense but nobody focuses on change," he said.
Aiming to give a voice to the "voiceless," the TV host and the Philadelphia native sent special thank you's to the 31-year-old's friends still in prison.