The freedom fighter from Philly did not allow adversity to bring him down. Already 6’2, he stood tall ten toes down and spoke nothing but solidity about the harsh treatment from police officers and prison reform. “Cops don’t protect our neighborhood,” Meek Mill told CNN. Just like most children growing up in environments full of malice, he had no choice but to become a chameleon in the harsh streets of Philadelphia and protect himself.

Unfortunately, some people view Meek Mill as just a criminal and do not understand the underlying issue of what Meek Mill is speaking about when he speaks on social issues. No, he is not a politician, but his experience and place in the hip-hop gives him the voice and credibility to be able to speak about issues like prison reform. From the age of 18, Meek Mill has been playing tug of war with the law. When he as 18 years old, he was put on probation for illegally possessing a firearm and assaulting a cop. From there it seems like the court system just enjoyed Meek’s company.

Meek Mill Overcame Adversity In Front Of Our Eyes

Aside from his legal issues, he faced difficulty with his relationships. His break-up with Nicki Minaj was one thing, but the beef between Meek Mill and Drake spewed out of control going from 0 to 100 quick! The beef went from Meek tweeting to Drake’s diss song, ‘Back to Back” becoming number one on the charts. From there it seemed as though Meek Mill transformed into a walking “L.” Being the butt of the joke on twitter filled with his situation on memes was nonstop for months. From being back and forth in the courtroom to having issues with the treatment from Judge Genece Brinkley, battling Drake, and being sentenced to serve two to four years in 2017, Meek has overcome adversity by staying strong.

No matter what happened in 2017, 2018 was an excellent year for Meek. You could say that he did not go through all of that adversity for no reason. Although his life has been rough and filed with police brutality and disrespect from the court system, Meek is now taking advantage of his voice and is speaking on issues of incarceration. As soon as he was released from jail, Meek hit the ground running. Every moment he has gotten to talk on social issues and how the police treat black men in the hood, he has done so genuinely and gracefully. Meek has become the face of prison reform and has without a doubt earned that title. To top his year off, Meek dropped fourth studio album, Championships. During this album, Meek talks about the hardships he endured growing up in Philadelphia and overcoming pain.

Meek’s transformation is phenomenal and this year only makes me excited for 2019.


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