An American hip-hop recording artist, Meek Mill, 30, was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison Monday, November 6.
The Philadelphia judge Genece Brinkley made the call, sentencing Mill for violating probation in a gun and drug case from 2008, which landed him in prison for eight months.
Brinkley cited a failed drug test, as well as failure to comply with a court order restricting the rapper’s travel.
Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was arrested in March after a fight in the St. Louis airport, though those charges were dropped. In October, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving after a video was posted of him doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York City.
In July 2014, about a year after Judge Brinkley ordered him to take etiquette classes, he was again jailed for five months and his probation extended to 10 years for performing out of state without permission.
Speaking to Billboard, Mill said that he spent much of that time in solitary confinement.
Most recently, in February 2016, Meek Mill was put on house arrest for 90 days after another probation violation.
Jay-z took to the social media to denounced Meek Mill’s two-to-four year prison sentence for violating probation as “unjust and heavy-handed,” in a message on Facebook Monday night.
Other celebs, artists and entertainers joined in to criticize the judge’s decision on the case.
“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,” Jay-z wrote.
” Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I’m here for you man!!!! My brother for life…Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass…Stay strong & keep your head up,” Kevin Hart said on Instagram.
“To be yung Blac and successful YOU ENEMY NUMBER 1,” rapper Nipsey Hussle wrote on Twitter. “HOLD YO HEAD @MeekMill streets chose u.”
Besides his music, Mill is known for his two-year relationship with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj that ended earlier this year.