|Full Name||Robert Rihmeek Williams|
|Birthday||May 6, 1987|
|Birth Place||Philadelphia, PA|
|Relationship||Milano Di Rouge (engaged 2022)|
From the Streets of Philly to Hip Hop Royalty
Meek Mill is a rapper hailing from the unforgiving streets of North Philadelphia. I‘ve been following Meek ever since he burst onto the mixtape scene in the late 2000s with his raw lyricism and passion. Here is an in-depth look at Meek‘s background, musical evolution, and eventual rise to hip hop superstardom.
Early Life in Philadelphia
Robert Rihmeek Williams was born on May 6, 1987 to a single mother in gritty South Philly. His father was tragically gunned down when Meek was just 5 years old, forcing his mother to work multiple jobs to provide for the family.
Meek has discussed growing up in an unforgiving environment filled with violence, drugs, and few role models. As a troubled teen, he began engaging in street battles, petty crimes, and hanging with the wrong crowds.
But Meek‘s salvation came when he discovered rapping. Using his pain and street tales as inspiration, a young Meek Millz started dropping mixtapes and freeway rapping with his crew. Little did he know hip hop stardom was on the horizon.
Signed to Grand Hustle and Maybach Music Group
Meek‘s prolific mixtapes earned some buzz on the underground scene. In 2008, he caught the eye of Atlanta rapper T.I. who signed Meek to his Grand Hustle label. Though his time there was short, I knew Meek was destined for big things.
Meek‘s career truly took off in 2011 when Rick Ross offered him a deal with Maybach Music Group. With Ross‘ backing, Meek released the mixtape Dreamchasers that year and it was an instant classic. I must have played those tracks a thousand times!
Evolution into a Hip Hop Hitmaker
The Meek Mill we know today emerged between 2011-2015 when he dropped hit after hit. His debut album Dreams & Nightmares in 2012 was a masterpiece that peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. I vividly remember listening to the album‘s gritty title track and thinking THIS is the anthem Philly needed.
Meek evolved from a hungry street rapper into a polished hip hop craftsman during those years. He perfected his trademark rapid-fire delivery and teamed up with artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross. By 2015, nobody could touch Meek‘s skills on the mic.
Persevering Despite Controversies
Meek‘s career hasn‘t been without issues. He was incarcerated for several months in 2017-2018 for minor probation violations. Meek also had a high-profile beef with Drake that dominated headlines in 2015.
But just like he persevered growing up on those Philly streets, Meek has overcome every obstacle. In 2018, he released the album Championships which went #1 on the Billboard charts. Last year, he got engaged to fashion designer Milan Harris as his professional success continues rising.
Through it all, Meek stays true to his roots and never loses that fiery, competitive spirit.
Spearheading the Fight for Justice Reform
Beyond the music, Meek has evolved into one of hip hop‘s most prominent activists. His own experiences with the justice system sparked a passion for reform.
Founding the REFORM Alliance
While imprisoned in 2017 for minor parole violations, Meek saw first-hand how the system traps young black men in cycles of incarceration.
After being released months later, Meek helped launch the REFORM Alliance organization alongside Jay-Z, Meek‘s friend Michael Rubin, and other leaders. The goal is to overhaul probation and parole policies that disproportionately affect minorities.
Meeting with Politicians and Lawmakers
Meek uses his platform to bring awareness to the issue through rallies, meetings with politicians, and speaking engagements. He regularly meets privately with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for specific reforms.
Inspiring a Generation
By courageously sharing his own struggles, Meek Mill inspires disenfranchised young minorities. He proves that even in the darkest times, you can overcome challenges and spark real change in the world.
Meek has come a long way from battling on North Philly street corners. But his voice advocating for the voiceless remains as potent as ever. Who knows what he‘ll accomplish in the next decade. But one thing is for sure…Meek Mill is just getting started!