Meek Mill, a Philly native. Credit: Clay Patrick McBride
After rapper and Philly native Meek Mill's probation was revoked Friday, supporters have taken to social media using the hashtag #freemeekmill to show support for Meek Mill, a.k.a. Robert Williams.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
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.
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.