Meek Mill hopes to gain a powerful ally.
Meek Mill's recent prison sentence has a lot of people feeling some type of way, and for good reason. The rapper could potentially be going away for up to four years, and considering the dubious circumstances surrounding his relationship with the judge, the general consensus is that it's an excessive verdict. And while fellow rappers like Jay-Z, T.I., and 50 Cent have already weighed in with their support for Meek, the Wins & Losses emcee is hoping to gain the attention of a potentially powerful ally - Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf. A petition has surfaced, addressing the governor in the hopes that he can do his part to reevaluate Meek's prison sentence.
The petition opens with an write-up, referring to the sentence as "harsh" and "undeserving." It proceeds to explain the important role Meek Mill plays within the community, stating the following in a passionate defense of the rapper:
"I felt the need to create a petition to reevaluate the charges, his impact in the community and the subsequent sentencing. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth. He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities. He has continued to be dedicated and shown an immaculate work ethic, even at times when the system tried to prevent him from being able to tour, which is how he makes a living."
You can read the entirety of the plea at Change.org, where you can also sign the petition. The aim is to "show the amount of people who believe that the punishment was harsh and that him being imprisoned will be a disservice to the youth and community at large." There's no telling if anything will come of this, but as of now, the petition already has over 25,000 signatures.