JAY-Z RESPONDS TO MEEK MILL SENTENCING

Yesterday, Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating a number of terms of his probation. The reaction from all sides has been divided. Many are saying that he got exactly what he deserved, while others are saying that the punishment was “unjust and heavy-handed.” That’s the sentiment shared by Jay-Z.

Jay-Z’s Comments on The Situation: “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.”

Why this matters: Meek Mill’s probation stems from a 2008 drug and weapons case that landed the rapper in prison for eight months. He initially received five years probation, but his failure to report to a probation officer or get prior approval for traveling outside of Philadelphia earned him an additional five months in prison in 2013, while his probation was extended to 10 years. Most recently, in February 2016, Meek Mill was put on house arrest for 90 days after another probation violation.

What’s next?: Meek Mill’s defense team plans on appealing the sentence.