According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, prosecutors recommended that Meek not be imprisoned for the violations, pointing out that he's been drug-free since January and has proven how much he's changed since his original 2008 drug and gun conviction. At the time, the rapper served eight months in prison before being released early and placed on probation.
The rapper has since violated his parole twice this year alone, first when he was arrested for misdemeanor assault after getting into an altercation at a St. Louis airport, and again in August when he was collared for driving recklessly through New York City on his dirt bike; both charges were reduced if not dropped altogether.
Meek reportedly addressed the judge for 40 minutes during Monday's hearing, pleading for mercy.
"I'm human. I'm not perfect. I'm asking for mercy," he said. "You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far. I can't really go back and start over."
During sentencing, Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug test taken by Meek and his failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel, NBC Philadelphia reports, no doubt referring to a 2016 incident wherein the rapper left the state to perform without getting permission first. He was subsequently placed on house arrest for 90 days and his parole extended to six years.
"I've been trying to help you since 2009," Brinkley reportedly said, adding, "You basically thumbed your nose at me."
Meek, who was immediately taken into custody, will be eligible for state parole supervision after serving the first two years of his sentence. His legal team plans to appeal, while rapper Jay Z called the sentencing "unjust and heavy-handed" on social media.
"The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy-handed," he wrote on Facebook. "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."
Comedian Kevin Hart and fellow emcee T.I. both posted messages of support for Meek on Instagram. Check 'em out below.
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