JAY-Z continues to support Meek Mill, following up his Facebook post decrying the stiff sentence for his Roc Nation artist with an onstage speech during a 4:44 tour stop in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday (November 7).
“I’ve gotta say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” he told the American Airlines Center crowd. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now, he’s been on probation 11 years. Fucking 11 years. Probation — 11 years. Judge [gave him] two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a fucking wheelie.”
He paused, and then delivered a line from his “The Story Of O.J.” track off 4:44, saying, “Still nigga.”
The song is about the challenges black people face living in a racist system and society.
Meek Mill was hit with two to four years of prison time after a Philadelphia judge deemed him to have violated his probation this week. The sentence led to many of Meek’s fellow artists in the Hip Hop community sending messages of support.
JAY-Z was one of the first artists to react, posting a message that called the sentence “unjust and heavy handed.”