Meek Mill drops ‘Mandela Freestyle’ in honor of winning social justice award

Philly native releases music video after being rewarded for helping his community.

Ever since Meek Mill was released from prison on probation in 2018, he has been ultra outspoken about the broken criminal justice system in the United States. He has campaigned for reform, collaborated with powerful Americans to gain support and established a foundation called REFORM Alliance to influence policy change.

Because of these efforts, the Plan to Take on the World! organization awarded Robert Williams, better known as Meek Mill, with the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award on Friday (Aug. 13).

Shortly after this announcement, Meek posted on Instagram that he would be dropping a celebratory freestyle, which has been his primary outlet to connect with his fans in 2021. Since the year’s beginning, he has released three freestyles, accompanied with music videos, exclusively on YouTube. His most recent freestyle came on Aug. 7 with “War Stories.”

Now, with “Mandela Freestyle,” Meek Mill digs deep into his relationship with the corrupt prison system, rapping about how he was first given probation 11 years ago, and how he still deals with the effects of that outcome to this day.

It been eleven years, I held it in and I ain’t shеd a tear

I had a story I ain’t never sharе

Thought it was normal ’cause they left us here

This for the voices they will never hear

Walkin’ out the courtroom, cameras everywhere, yeah

“Mandela Freestyle” — Meek Mill

The song’s music video incorporates clips of Meek’s appearances on national TV news stations where he has shared his message of social justice over the years. The entire freestyle is fitting and topical in the context of him achieving the Mandela award, as Nelson Mandela was a champion fighting for causes similar to Meek. Check out “Mandela Freestyle” by Meek Mill below.


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