Meek Mill released from prison

Meek Mill has been granted bail after spending nearly five months behind bars. The Philadelphia rapper spoke to CNN's Don Lemon while incarcerated, saying he wasn't surprised he was back in prison.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 7:10 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2018 7:13 PM

Meek Mill was released from prison Tuesday, and more than a few stars have been celebrating.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered an immediate release for the Philadelphia rapper after he spent almost five months incarcerated following a controversial sentence for violating probation.

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His case remains under appeal.

Mill, who was born Robert Rihmeek Williams, has become a poster child for criminal justice reform following the sentence of two to four years he got in November for violating probation in a 2008 gun and drug case. The hip hop star was arrested last year after he was involved in a fight, then arrested again for popping wheelies on a dirt bike.

Several high-profile celebrities, including fellow rappers Jay-Z, T.I. and Rick Ross had issued calls for Mill's release.

Some of those same stars celebrated on social media after news broke that Mill's was coming home.

"Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man," a post on Jay-Z's official Facebook page read. "He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way."

"They made you a political prisoner to silence you... you stood tall and stayed SOLID," T.I. wrote in a caption of a video of his phone conversation with Mill on Instagram. "They can't stop you now lil bro!!!! It's almost OVER!!!"

(Warning: The video contains language NSFW.)

Fellow Philadelphia native actor Kevin Hart announced news of the release on Instagram with a photo of himself, Mill and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, who had also been a vocal supporter of the rapper.

"Meek Mill is Frrrrreeeeeeeee ....I just left from seeing him in jail with @michaelgrubin and we were just told that he is being released," Hart wrote in the caption of a photo showing the trio courtside at a 76ers game. "Woooooooow......Stand Up Philadelphia!!!!!"

Mill attended Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat, and Hart shared a photo of him and the rapper at the game.

"Back like we never left....Welcome home @meekmill," Hart wrote. "Lets gooooooooo Sixers #PhillyStandUp #CityOfBrotherlyLove."

Ross, a rapper, joined some others, including singer Trey Songz, in heralding Mill's freedom.

Streaming giants Spotify, Tidal and Amazon Music also welcomed Mill home with tweets.

Mill's last studio album, "Wins & Losses," was released in July.

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