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Life in a Shanty Town

November 10 · Issue #29 · View online
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I was especially upset to see Meek Mill sent back to prison, because I don’t think it’s fair to expect black people to be able to follow basic instructions, and also because I don’t have anything else going on in my life. I was so mad I could spit!
The other day, it was announced that Meek Mill has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation, stemming from an arrest for gun and drug charges when he was 18 years old, way TF back in the mid ‘00s.
Meek Mill is now 30 years old and still on probation for some shit he did when he was a teenager. Arguably, your probation should automatically be dropped after 10 years, regardless of whether or not you’ve managed to keep your nose clean in the interim.
Learning how to forgive people for crimes that took place a long time ago and therefore aren’t as significant anymore is something we’re going to have to come to grips with, if there’s going to be anything worth watching on Netflix. Already, Louis CK’s shows and specials have been removed from HBO Go. I might pull up “Chewed Up” on Netflix this evening, while I still can, just in case.
I’ve heard conflicting reports about what Meek actually did to violate his probation.
Some people are saying that he was arrested for doing an illegal stunt on a dirt bike in New York, and before that, for a minor altercation (probably with a hoodrat) in the airport here in the STL. In both of those cases, the charges were dropped, but supposedly, according to the Law Offices of Facebook and Twitter, the arrests themselves violated his probation, even if the charges were later dropped.
I’ve also read that he failed a drug test, which seems more likely. When you hear stories about people getting locked up over and over again, over the course of decades, for some shit they did when they were in high school, er, when they were high school age, it’s usually drug-related. And most Philly rappers look like they’re on drugs. Those unkempt beards aren’t just because they joined the Nation of Islam—they keep crack in there.
To hear Meek Mill’s gentile lawyer tell it, the judge—a black woman named Genece Brinkley—was biased against Meek Mill. Supposedly, she tried to get him to drop Roc Nation and sign with a friend of hers, and he wouldn’t do it, and she also wanted him to shout her out on a remix of the song “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men. (Yes, the same song from when I was in middle school.) His probation officer, the prosecutor and the D.A. all recommended no jail time, but she had him locked up anyway.
I’m concerned that Meek Mill isn’t receiving the best legal representation, and I wonder if that’s because his money isn’t right, but I don’t have a problem believing this judge is corrupt.
C. Delores Tucker, who also hails from Philly, tried to pull some shit like this back in the mid '90s. She lobbied Time Warner to drop Interscope Records, supposedly because their music was misogynistic, and then she invited Suge Knight and one of the TIs from Time Warner to a secret meeting at Dionne Warwick’s house and tried to get Suge to split with Interscope and sign with her own Time Warner-distributed label instead. Later, she sued 2Pac’s estate, claiming the song “How Do U Want It?” ruined her sex life.
The last time Meek Mill was in court, he had Nicki Minaj there in the room with him, plus some of the TIs from his label. They may have been able to pull some strings with the judge so he could go out on Your Girl’s Tour.
This time, Nicki Minaj was busy supporting her brother, who’s been accused of having, shall we say, an inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old child, which has gone largely unreported on, because music journalism is run by gay guys who stan hard for Nicki Minaj. Hence the lack of coverage of Remy Ma’s “Shether.” And Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj aren’t dating anymore anyway, so what sense would it make for her to show up to his court dates?
When Meek Mill gets out, he might consider dating another female rapper, to get his career back in order. I’d suggest he try dating Cardi B, but she’s already pretending to date one of the guys from Migos, who’s probably gay. And what’s the likelihood, really, of her having a viable career two to four years from now anyway? Nicki Minaj was only hot for like two years, upwards of five years ago. Granted, she never had a song as popular as “Bodak Yellow.”
If Cardi B’s body is still in decent shape whenever Meek gets home, maybe he can write some rhymes for her and they can attempt to revive their careers together. They can be the new Remy Ma and Papoose. I hear implant technology has improved to the point where you can squeeze the shit out of them and they won’t burst. I’d try to confirm this, but I’m not in a position where I can afford to be hospitalized as a result of some shit that happened in a strip club.
Take it easy on yourself,

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