2015 hasn’t been the best year for Meek Mill. In addition to embarrassing himself by calling out Drake and then releasing that terrible diss record, he also had to appear in court to determine whether or not he violated his probation by traveling out of the country.
Last week, we reported Meek’s girlfriend, Nicki Minaj testified on his behalf saying that he might be “irresponsible” but is growing up and working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”
Way to sell Nick!
According to TMZ, the 28-year-old rapper himself took the stand yesterday. He spoke for more than an hour pleading his case before the judge.
He got emotional as he recalled not being able to see his mother in New Jersey after she had surgery.
Meek made it a point to apologize to the district attorney for calling her a “b-tch” in his song “The Ride.” This same district attorney is the one who said Mill submitted a urine sample for drug testing that didn’t belong to him.
Things got even more emotional when he addressed the judge directly.
“I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal. I have my queen Nicki now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there.”
But the judge wasn’t here for it. She ruled that he was in technical violation of his probation, meaning he will likely serve some more jail time. But she didn’t issue his punishment yet. Sentencing is set for February. Until that time, Meek cannot leave the 5 county area around Philadelphia.
As you might imagine, this is quite a bit for a very new, very public relationship.
While Minaj has the means to visit Philadelphia often, she is also a very busy woman whose schedule may not permit frequent trips to visit her boyfriend.
Furthermore, if he does end up serving jail time, things become even more complicated. Does she wait for him, hold him down? Does she remain monogamous while he’s away?
I don’t know or even understand what Meek and Nicki are doing these days. I can’t put my finger on them. But her statements in his defense don’t seem all that glowing. I would think that if your man’s freedom was at stake, you wouldn’t even allude to the fact of him being irresponsible.
But perhaps the evidence is too damning to deny on the witness stand. I’m sure the last thing she wants to do is perjure himself.
If I were in Nicki’s situation, I would at least have to consider a few things at this point. It’s not like Meek is a young 20 still making those “growing pain” mistakes. He’s a 28-year-old man who let his “beef” (read jealousy) of Drake dismantle all the work he’d put into building what looked like a very promising rap career and compromise his freedom.
And I’m not exaggerating. One of the reason’s Meek is in court is because he left the country, to perform in Canada, for Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour. Now, most people on probation know the terms of it- whether they decide to follow them or not. I believe Meek knew going to Canada was a violation but he was more concerned about showing fans and the Hip Hop community at large that he wasn’t scared to perform in Drake’s old stomping grounds. And now, as a result of that decision he’s jeopardized his freedom. Maybe Nicki’s not one to be in her man’s legal business but I do wonder if she knew that he would be in violation of his probation by leaving the country. And if she did, did she try to suggest that he hang back for this show?
Y’all I hate that another Black man might have to enter the penal system over a technicality but I also wonder how a man who knows what it’s like to be incarcerated, away from his mother, children and his dream, could put himself in a position to be right back in that same predicament. And for what? A beef everyone unanimously agrees you lost anyway.
Lord have His mercy.
Nicki Minaj has said that she wants to be married with children. Now, that her relationship with Meek has come to this crossroad, she really needs to ask herself if she can see herself doing that with a man who, at 28, is still working toward becoming an adult.