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Meek Mill’s 2008 Conviction Overturned; No Longer on Probation

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After announcing the launch of Dream Chasers Records with Roc Nation, it has been announced that the Pennsylvania Superior Court has decided to throw out Meek Mill‘s conviction on gun and drug charges, which means he is no longer a convicted felon nor is he on probation.

 In an 18-page opinion signed by President Judge Jack A. Panella,  the decision was made by three judges who believed the rapper should be granted a new trial after new evidence revealed alleged police corruption in the case.

In result, Judge Genece Brinkley’s parole violation findings that sent Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, back to prison for five months in 2017 has also been overturned and the Dreamchaser will be granted a new trial.

“Williams’ right to be tried before an impartial judge is necessary in this case because the trial judge heard highly prejudicial testimony at the first trial, which was a bench trial, and made credibility determinations in favor of a now-discredited witness and against Williams,” Superior Court President Judge Jack Panella said in the judgment.

It is unlikely that a retrial that prosecutors will refile the case and retry Mill as the main witness in the case is a dirty cop who is not seen as credible, according to TMZ.

Mill expressed his gratitude and thankfulness in a statement via Roc Nation.

“I’d like to thank the Pennsylvania Superior Court for overturning my conviction and granting me a new trial. The past 11 years have been mentally and emotionally challenging, but Im glad that justice prevailed and my clean record has been restored.” – @MeekMill#FreeMeek @reform pic.twitter.com/u2UUcwxpOA

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) July 24, 2019

“This positive outcome wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, my attorneys, JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and my supporters who have stood with me through the ups and downs,” he continued.

“Unfortunately, millions of people are dealing with similar issues in our country and don’t have the resources to fight back like I did. We need to continue supporting them. I’m committed to working with my team at the REFORM Alliance to change these outdated laws and fix our broken criminal justice system.”

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Tee Grizzley Taps On the Services from Big Sean, Lil’ Durk, King Von, Lil’ Tjay And More For His Upcoming Album

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Earlier this week, Tee Grizzley took to his socials the official track list to his upcoming project, Built For Whatever.

Scheduled to drop May 7th, the project will feature contributions from Quavo, Lil Durk, Big Sean, Lil Tjay, YNW Melly, Young Dolph and Baby Grizzley, as well as It a posthumous verse from the late Chicago rapper, King Von. Built For Whatever will be produced by Selim Bouab in it’s entirety.

Serving as a follow-up to his 2019 album, Scriptures, Tee Grizzley will be hosting a virtual release party on Twitch, this Thursday, May 6.

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Travis Scott Announces 2021 Astroworld Festival Dates

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Last year, festivals were canceled due to the pandemic and it pushed back a lot of plans for musical acts. As we slowly get back to normalcy, festivals are being announced are slowly rolling out, including Travis Scott‘s Astroworld.

Starting back in 2018, the third annual festival was announced on the rapper’s birthday, Apr. 30, and is scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas at the NRG Park, November 5th through 6th.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, May 5th, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Cactus Jack Foundation, Scott’s nonprofits organization.

The last festival that went down in 2019 featured performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Pop Smoke, Migos, Post Malone, Rosalia, Pharrell Williams and several others.

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AR-Ab Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison In Drug Trafficking Case

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Philly rapper AR-Ab has been sentenced to 45 years in prison following the conviction in his drug trafficking case.

Born Abdul West, the 37-year-old rapper is accused of turning his Original Block Hustlaz label (OBH) into a drug trafficking ring which led to the 2017 murder of Robert Johnson. While appearing in front of U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday, Baylson told the courtroom that the murder of Johnson and the content of his West’s lyrics weren’t taken into account during his sentencing.

“You could have been a hero instead of a criminal,” he said. “But you became a drug dealer. You made that decision. That’s why you’re being punished.”

AR-Ab responded to Judge Baylson stating that he “doesn’t understand his culture.”

“The court, the FBI agents, and the prosecutors don’t understand my culture. We don’t rap about flowers and rainbows. We’re gangsta rappers. We rap about where we grew up. So we rap about drug dealing. We rap about violence.”

During the trial, a number of witnesses revealed that West’s alleged drug ring obtained drugs including crack cocaine, heroin and meth from a distributor in California. These witnesses also told the judge that the drugs were being stored in an upscale Center City apartment, in an effort to draw less attention from law enforcement.

To OBH’s demise, however, FBI agents raided one of the stash houses at the One Water Street Apartments in Old City and seized 10 kilograms of cocaine. AR-Ab went on to rap about it on his “Beef (Freestyle).”

“Quarter million loss, got a broke heart,” he rapped. “And they snatched my dog, that’s the worst part/One rat destroy everything you work for/I pray to God that he don’t tell them who he work for.”

Dontez “Tez” Stewart, a key witness in the trial who was charged with the murder of Johnson, testified against AR-Ab in exchange for a lighter sentence.

“I’m not saying I’m innocent. I’m saying I’m not guilty of all them charges,” said AR-Ab before being escorted by U.S. Marshalls out the courtroom. The rapper plans to file an appeal.

 

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