The rapper was sent to jail last November for violating his probation on 10-year-old charges
Meek Mill has said he “feels like a sacrifice for a better cause” in his first interview since being released from prison.
The rapper was sent to jail in November for twice being deemed to have violated his probation terms relating to gun and drug-related convictions in 2007. He was arrested last year for his involvement in a fight at St. Louis airport and for reckless driving in New York. Both charges were later dropped.
Speaking to Dateline‘s Lester Holt, Mill said his case was bigger than him. “This is the same thing that thousands of other minorities are going through on a daily basis,” he said. “They just don’t have the platform for anybody to speak on their behalf. Now they do.
“At this point, I feel like I’m a sacrifice for a better cause,” he continued. “I feel like God put me in a position to be the voice of the voiceless. Let’s retire the #FreeMeekMill hashtag and make it #JusticeReform.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the rapper said he hasn’t “felt free since I caught this case at the age of 19.” He turned 31 years old yesterday (May 6). “Me, I just pray,” he added. “God is my first lawyer. I’ve always believed that. I don’t feel free at all.”
Speaking at a press conference last week (May 3) following his release on April 24, Mill revealed he had once had an opioid addiction, but was initially afraid to seek help because he was scared he would be sent back to jail.
“At one point in my life, I was actually addicted to opioids,” he said. “I think it should be a line drawn where you have a drug problem and you’re scared to tell your probation officer you have a drug problem because you don’t want to be sent to prison for years.”