During Jay-Z’s Dallas leg of his ‘4:44 Tour’, the emcee shouted out fellow rapper Meek Mill, and criticized Meek’s outrageous, ongoing 11 year probation, and his recent two to four year prison sentencing due to violating probation.
“I gotta say something, about a young man by the name of Meek Mill. He caught a charge, he was like 19, he’s 30 now, he’s been on probation 11 years. F*cking 11 years.”
He went on condemning the judge for the reasoning behind his sentence and then quoted a line from his 4:44 track, “The Story of O.J.”
“He got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f—ing wheelie, still n*gga.”
Hov finished off his rant with a powerful message to his concert goers.
“This 4:44 album is all about us moving forward, moving past things, and in order for us to move past all the shi* that we’re going through we gotta address it. Everyone has to be just as outraged, you can’t look at it as a black or white issue, you have to look at it as a human issue,” Jay-Z said.
On Monday, Jay-Z took to Facebook shortly after hearing about Meek Mill’s prison sentence, and shared his thoughts on the decision. The 4:44 lyricist referred to the sentence as “unjust and heavy handed.”
“The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Jay-Z is one of many celebrities sharing their support for the North Philly rapper, and it isn’t the first time he’s voiced out his opinions on the prison system and passion for change. He executive produced the powerful, heartbreaking documentary, Time: The Kalief Bowder Story, which premiered on SPIKE this past March, about a 16 year old Bronx student who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He’s also reportedly working on another documentary, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.
Watch the rapper’s concert rant below.