Rapper Meek Mill is ready to take on the criminal justice system. Having just recently served time for violating probation — a sentence that caused an outrage among his fans and beyond — Meek is collaborating with Amazon Prime Video for a six-part documentary series that will follow his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system.
The untitled docuseries will put the spotlight on Meek’s life, giving unprecedented access to the star’s life, career, and criminal justice odyssey, while demonstrating the negative effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of color. The series is expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video.
Meek, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sent to county jail for two to four years in November 2017 after an Instagram video of him popping a wheelie was posted. This marked the third time Judge Genece Brinkley sent the rapper to prison for violating his probation from a 2008 gun and drug case.
The sentencing was deemed as too severe and immediately received a backlash and brought the debate of criminal justice reform to the forefront. Fans and supporters rallied around him including his hip-hop peers T.I., Rick Ross, and Jay Z, who said the arrest was “unjust and heavy-handed.”
This triggered a series of investigations, which will be explored in this documentary series. Each hour-long episode will chronicle Meek and his supporters as they attempt to uncover the different facets of corruption that kept him under the thumb of Philadelphia’s criminal justice system for over a decade while revealing his life post-incarceration. The series will also explore his childhood trauma that led to his career as a musician.
Shawn Carter, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Paul and Isaac Solotaroff will serve as executive producers. The series is produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation in partnership with Roc Nation as well as the aforementioned investigative journalist Paul Solotaroff, and documentarian Isaac Solotaroff. For IPC the executive producers are Holzman and Saidman.