Meek Mill took time away from promoting his new joint album, Too Good To Be True with Rick Ross, to address the ongoing legal case involving Young Stoner Life label founder Young Thug.
Earlier this week, a judge ruled Fulton County, Georgia prosecutors are able to use Young Thug’s lyrics in the rapper’s RICO trial. The judge said the prosecution could present seventeen sets of lyrics performed by Thug and his co-defendants as evidence.
“I’m conditionally admitting those pending lyrics, depending upon – or subject to a foundation that is properly laid by the state or the proponent that seeks to admit that evidence,” Judge Ural Glanville stated.
Meek Mill seemed to address Glanville’s ruling in a social media post. In addition, the Dream Chasers leader also mentioned another Atlanta-area rap star. YFN Lucci faces a RICO indictment in Fulton County as well.
“Locking us [up] for rapping got me scared to do [an] interview,” Meek Mill tweeted on Friday (November 10). The Philadelphia native added, “Free Jeff Free Lucci.” Previously, Meek expressed his belief that Young Thug will beat the RICO case.
Meek Mill Backed Laws Limiting Prosecutors Use Of Lyrics As Evidence
Meek Mill has his own history of dealing with the American justice system. He was convicted on drug and firearm charges in 2008. However, he was later pardoned by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
Upon exiting prison, Meek Mill became a founding partner of the Reform Alliance, alongside Jay-Z and other billionaires. The nonprofit organization advocates for parole and probation reform in the United States.
Meek Mill, the RIAA and the Recording Academy supported California Governor Gavin Newsom signing the 2022 Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act. The new law limits the use of creative works as evidence during civil and criminal proceedings.
In July 2022, Congressmen Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) introduced the Restoring Artistic Protection Act (RAP Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the federal bill would restrict the admissibility of creative or artistic expression as evidence against an artist in court. Johnson and Bowman re-introduced the RAP Act in April 2023.
“Rap, Hip-Hop and every lyrical musical piece is a beautiful form of art and expression that must be protected,” Congressman Bowman said. “I am proud to introduce the RAP Act alongside Rep. Hank Johnson. Our judicial system disparately criminalizes Black and brown people, including Black and brown creativity.”