Meek Mill has been released from prison after spending nearly five months in a Philadelphia penitentiary. Tons of his celebrity backers have been celebrating his release.
The Philadelphia Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 24 ordered Mill, who had been sentenced to two to four years for violating a nearly decade-old probation, to be released immediately on unsecured bail.
Upon his release, Meek tweeted, “I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”
He continued, “To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
Following his release, the MC rang the bell at the start of the Philadelphia 76ers game against the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, stars including Rihanna, Jay-Z, T.I. and Kevin Hart have been sharing their glee over Meek’s freedom.
“Back like we never left….Welcome Home…Lets gooooooooooo sixers!!!!!” said Kevin Hart who went to see the rapper hours before his release.
“Look at God!!!!!!!! #WelcomeHome,” Tyrese Gibson posted on IG.
T.I. tweeted a video of him on the phone with Meek telling him he should have taken the two years in prison rather than 10 years of probation.
“They made you a political prisoner to silence you… you stood tall and stayed SOLID!!!” the rapper tweeted. “They can’t stop you now lil bro!!!! It’s almost OVER!!! #MeekOTW.”
“Welcome home @meekmill !!!!!!,” DJ/rapper Funkmaster Flex posted on Instagram while Young M.A also tweeted, “Welcome home.”
“Welcome home @MeekMill,” Lil’ Kim tweeted. “God is Good 🙌🏾.”
In true Rihanna fashion, the singer posted a video from social media personality @theshiggyshow eagerly shouting from a sunroof of a car that Meek is home.
“Mood 😩 #meekhomeaf,” she captioned the clip.
And it wasn’t just performers who were celebrating Meek’s freedom.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II tweeted, “Yessirrr welcome home @MeekMill.”
“I’m glad #MeekMill is free!” comedian D.L. Hughley’s team posted on his Twitter account. “Now we only have 700,000 more people who shouldn’t be in prison to go!”
“Welcome home @MeekMill 💪🏾 ,” former NFL star and current Fox Sports analyst Michael Vick tweeted.