Meek Mill might be free, but things feel different for him after spending the last five months in prison. The rapper was released on bail Tuesday (Apr. 24) after being incarcerated since last November for violating his probation.
Lester Holt spoke with Meek in an exclusive NBC Nightly News special, slated to air Thursday evening (Apr. 26), about what the rapper says is an “important moment.” The special marks Meek’s first interview since his release.
“I don’t feel free,” Meek told Hold. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now…I just I pray, and I believe God is my first lawyer. I always believed that. I got a strong team behind me, I got a lot of support. It’s a lot light shedded on my situation.”
Meek had a feeling his release was coming soon. However, the stress and weight on his shoulders is still prevalent, despite having the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on his side.
“I haven’t slept one minute since I’ve been out of prison,” Meek explained. “It’s actually like a culture shock coming from a small cell back into the real world, so I think my body has to adjust at this point.”
Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin has shown his support for Meek throughout the legal process. Holt spoke with him as well, asking why he felt this specific case needs to be emphasized.
“[Meek’s] story’s so much bigger than his life,” Rubin said. “This is about how he can be the symbolic change agent that was needed for major criminal justice reform. That’s why you should care.”
Watch the interview below.