8 Things We Learned From Meek Mill’s ‘Bleacher Report’ Cover Story

Bleacher Report has introduced the “B/R POWER 50,” a definitive list of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Sports Culture, which acknowledges a mix of athletes and celebrities who have most influenced sports culture in 2018, as their actions embody what it means for an influencer to create their own path and use their platform for good.

With one of those individuals being Meek Mill, the Philly rapper tells his full story for the first time in this B/R exclusive, after finally getting released from prison in April.

"I really feel like I'm caught up in the middle of a movie." @MeekMill tells his full story for the first time in this B/R exclusive . The Philly rapper sits atop the SHAKE IT UP category of the B/R POWER 50 👊 (link in bio)

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Meek Mill was in the midst of a two to four year prison sentence for a probation violation surrounding a fight at a St. Louis airport, in addition to a reckless driving arrest in New York City. The rapper had been denied bail on multiple occasions, which left fans and peers alike outraged.

Read on a few takeaways from the interview below, and for the full coverage, head on over to Bleacher Report.

On the amount of support he received while in prison, especially the love from athletes…

“I seen my mom crying on the news, I’ve seen my son holding up a ‘Free Meek Mill’ sign, I’ve seen people marching, I saw the [Philadelphia] Eagles coming out to my sh*t at the Super Bowl…[When the Eagles won], where I was, they’re celebrating to my song from the jail cells. So yeah, it was kind of crazy… It felt like a big deja vu, of a movie I seen before.”

On the development of his close friendship with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin…

“It’s like this, it’s real simple—he’s a white Jewish billionaire guy and he became friends with a black kid from the ghetto that actually rose up above all that and started doing his own thing. But then when it all happened, he’d never witnessed this side of the system ever in his life, because he was never treated this way. For him, he’s like, ‘How did my friend just get a four-year sentence for not committing a crime?’ For him, it’s like, ‘I’ve never seen no shit like this, and it doesn’t sit well with me.’”


On the legitimacy of his case…

“If I committed a crime and I got locked up, Mike Rubin wouldn’t be there. Roc Nation wouldn’t be there. Nobody would be there because it’s my mistake,” Meek said. “They’d be like, ‘You went out and made a choice and did some fuck shit that you didn’t have no business doing.’ Wheelieing a bike? I been wheelieing a bike since I was fucking 13 years old and never been to prison for it not one time.”

On reaching the level of icon status in his hometown…

“A lot of kids from Philly—they rally behind me, they got Dreamchasers tattoos. I think for some of these guys, I’m a bigger influence than many because of what I represent, what I came from.”

On the experience of becoming a success story…

“They saw me on YouTube with the nappy braids, the big T-shirt when I didn’t have a dollar in my pocket to now, that’s supposed to inspire somebody. And because they believe my story, they start dream chasing. That’s not about rap shit, that’s not about no drug-dealing shit, that’s about understanding what it means to be from our environment and chase a dream so bad it makes you want to be in the NBA, makes you want to go to the NFL, makes you want to be successful in the rap business.”

On the unwavering support from his Philly community…

“I’ve been through a lot of stuff where we didn’t have this type of support. Where we didn’t haven’t anybody really caring about us like that except for our mothers and our immediate family. So to have this type of support, it’s a good feeling.”

On overcoming obstacles and beating the odds stacked against him…

“I’m a rapper from 18th and Bridge, North Philadelphia, so to be in a stadium with that many people cheering for you, when you doing something positive, it’s one of the biggest blessings. It was another day at the dream for me. It felt good when I left the stage—shit like that boosts your self-esteem as a person, makes you value yourself more, makes you more confident… And because people see me go through trials and shit and still be able to stand tall and hold my chin up high, they buy into me a little bit.”

On what he wants other people to take from this journey…

“I had to go to jail for six months to earn people’s respect. But, I think right now, my word is more powerful because I was given a platform and have all this light on my situation, and people actually know I’ve been through some real shit. But if you ask me what I’ve always been about, I represent the struggle, the streets and the poverty of where I come from.”

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