Tensions haven’t seemed to simmer down since news broke that Meek Mill was sentenced to up to four years in prison for probation violations. Rappers swarmed social media with prayers and support for the embattled rapper, including JAY-Z, who addressed Meek’s sentencing in a recent Facebook post. On Tuesday night (Nov. 7) during his show in Dallas, he reserved a moment to speak out on the sentencing once more.
In a fan-shot video from the concert, JAY interrupted his set and began to discuss Meek’s history with the criminal justice system. “Got a young man by the name of Meek Mill, he caught a charge when he was like 19 — he’s 30 now [and] has been on probation 11 years,” he told the crowd. While explaining the details of Meek’s recent sentence to the crowd, Hov referenced his 4:44 cut “The Story of OJ.”
“This 4:44 album is all about us moving forward, moving past it,” he continued in his speech. “In order for us to move past the shit we going through, we have to address it. Everyone has to be just as outraged, [we] can’t look at it as a black and white issue, we have to look at it as a human issue.”
Hov then wraps up his speech saying, “Black people in particular, we have to get our shit together. We not second class to anybody, we’re equal to everybody. We deserved everything that everybody else gets — stop selling yourself short.”
Watch JAY-Z speech below.
"Black people in particular, we gotta get our shit together. You're not second-class to anybody" PREACH! – JAY-Z addresses Meek Mill's prison sentence [again] during the Dallas stop of his #444Tour pic.twitter.com/GEzuY11TpW
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) November 8, 2017