After rapper and Philly native Meek Mill's probation was revoked Friday, supporters have taken to social media using the hashtag #freemeekmill to show support for Meek Mill, a.k.a. Robert Williams.
Mill, 27, was ordered to serve three to six months in prison for violating the terms of his probation, the Inquirer reported. He was transported directly from a Philadelphia courtroom to prison after the Friday hearing.
Some Mill fans and supporters expressed confusion and shock about the sudden turn -- which forced Mill to cancel a performance on Friday night, and may negate his entire summer schedule of concerts.
Here in Philly, his "Homecoming Concert" scheduled at Temple University for Saturday, July 19, is expected to be canceled, although it is still listed on Temple's Liacouras Center calendar. No one picked up the phone at the Liacouras Center on Sunday.
#FreeMeekMill. So what he violated his probation from a few years ago? Let the man rap and do what hes been doing best the past couple years
— Ari P-B (@bassiusbain) July 13, 2014
Now everybody screaming #FreeMeekMill
— Drügs Corleone (@Doug_B2DS) July 13, 2014
But Judge Genece Brinkley reportedly found that Mill violated his probation due to repeated scheduling conflicts, by changing his cell phone number without telling authorities and by posing in an Instagram picture with a gun.
Mill countered that his old phone number still worked sometimes, and the gun was a prop. But those arguments did not save Mill, who was orginally placed on probation in 2009 for a gun and drug conviction.
"He was given every opportunity to do well. ... He continued to thumb his nose at the court," said prosecutor Noel DeSantis, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office Twitter.
DeSantis sought a five to 10 year sentence for Mill's probation violations.
Mill reportedly called Desantis a "racist [expletive]" and mocked his probation officer on Twitter.
The judge further found that Mill booked concerts between Friday and Aug. 11, during which time he had been ordered to not perform while scheduling conflicts were resolved.
After serving his jail term, Mill will be ordered to serve a new five year probation term.
Just days before the hearing Mill commented disparagingly on his probation terms, which forbade him from moving out of Philadelphia.
Just got me swangin in the jungle smh! RT @DailyRapFacts: .@MeekMill is not allowed to move out of Philadelphia due to his probation.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 11, 2014
Mill was also spotted visiting the scene of the Gesner Street Fourth of July fire that killed four young children in Southwest Philadelphia. He retweeted reports stating he would donate to the families hurt by the fire.
Rick Ross, head of the label Maybach Music Group that features Mill, released a statement on the turn of events on Saturday.
"Yesterday, my brother, Meek Mill ran into some unfortunate legal issues. It happens. However, his team, our team, will continue to execute Meek’s plan as close to schedule as possible. His album is coming," Ross told MTV. "We ask that the fans and the media continue to support him and his music during this time. He’ll be home soon."
Mills new album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money," is scheduled for release on Sept. 9.
Watch the album trailer below.