Meek Mill called into Don Lemon‘s CNN show to offer a message to his supporters, but in particular to young people of color.
The rapper is currently incarcerated in a two to four year sentence stemming from probation violations. The 30-year-old rapper was 18 when he was originally arrested. A #FreeMeekMill social media campaign has ensued with Meek Mill being used as the face of the millions of Americans currently in the parole or probation system that they say is in desperate need of reform.
“I want people to be careful, especially these young minorities. I call it target practice because you’re already a target and you’re in higher-risk neighborhoods where people go to jail a lot. Be careful. Watch the way you move because you don’t want to get caught up in a situation like this one here. You can be 18 years old and you can suffer from it when you 30 years old,” said Meek Mill to Lemon.
“Luckily, I’m strong enough to overcome everything. I been to jail three, four times on the same probation I been on for 11 years. I was strong enough to lose endorsements and get ’em back. Strong enough to lose fans and get ’em back and keep people believing in me and stay on top of my game,” Meek Mill continued.
“So I would say be careful and stay out the way. The most important thing I want to say is vote. When it’s time to vote for governor, when it’s time to vote for judges, DAs, vote,” encouraged the Philadelphia native. Let’s vote for people that’s into justice reform and helping the urban communities. We’re being affected by it, but we’re not moving it. We’re not holding any political presence.
Catch the CNN segment below: