Rapper Meek Mill set for documentary series about US justice system
Rapper Meek Mill will appear in a new six-part documentary series about the US criminal justice system, Amazon has announced.
Fellow rapper Jay-Z will be an executive producer on the series.
Mill, who was recently released from prison, will discuss his appeal against decade-old gun and drug convictions during the series.
Commenting on the announcement Mill said: “I’m grateful for this unique opportunity to share my story and I look forward to collaborating with Amazon Prime Video, Roc Nation and The Intellectual Property Corporation on this incredible series.
“Not only will this documentary give viewers an unprecedented look at my life, but it will also allow me to use my public platform to highlight the need for criminal justice reform.”
Amazon said the programme will demonstrate flaws in the American legal system and the effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of colour in the US.
The Head of Unscripted for Amazon Originals Heather Schuster said “We’re thrilled to be working with such a talented group of producers to bring Meek’s life story to light.
“Meek’s story of being incarcerated needs to be told and we will have incredible access that takes Prime members beyond the headlines and into his world.”
The Philadelphia-born star, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced in November to two to four years for probation violations.
Last month, prosecutors agreed with Mill’s lawyers that he should get a new trial because of questions raised about the arresting officer.
The now-retired officer was on a list of police officers the prosecutor’s office has sought to keep off the witness stand in cases across the city because of credibility questions.
After a five-month campaign by supporters to get him out, the state Supreme Court directed the Philadelphia judge who jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail.
In an opinion earlier this month, Judge Genece Brinkley, who sent Mill to prison for the probation violations, defended herself against accusations by the defence that she was waging a vendetta against the rapper.
She said the court “has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008”.
The Supreme Court denied a defence request to move the case to another judge, but said the presiding judge could opt to remove herself.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was among some of the rapper’s high-profile supporters who visited him while he was in prison.
Mill made his first public appearance since being released last Tuesday, during an NBA basketball game between Philadpelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.