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JAY-Z Responds to Meek Mill’s Prison Sentence

Roc Nation founder JAY-Z has responded to news of Meek Mill being sent back to prison, the result of a judge’s wish to punish the Philadelphia rapper for repeatedly violating his probation. Probation that stemmed from a 2009 drug and gun case.

“The sentence handed down by the Judge—against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer—is unjust and heavy handed,” Jay wrote in a Facebook post published Monday night. Meek appeared in a Philadelphia court yesterday to face Judge Genece Brinkley, who presided over his initial felony case and has had jurisdiction over much of its court-related aftermath.

Despite the prosecutor’s recommendation that Meek be spared prison and Meek’s pleas that a lengthy stint behind bars could effectively end his career, Judge Brinkley handed down the 2-4 year sentence, claiming that the prosecutor hadn’t been involved with the case long enough to see that Meek “does what he wants.”

If there’s a silver lining to be found from this horrific result, it’s JAY-Z’s affirmation that Roc Nation would help Meek regain a handle on his career post-incarceration, a chance not every record label or management firm is willing to take after years of inactivity. It’s even rarer for the founder or CEO of a record label to immediately professes support for an act that runs into this type of trouble.

Meek turns 31 in May. He could be anywhere from 32 to 35 when he gets out, depending on when his sentence begins and how long it lasts. Hov’s latest classic album, 4:44, just dropped as he was 47 years old, and he’s currently on his highest-grossing tour yet. He might know a thing or two about that late-youth flourish.

Hold your head, Meek.

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