Meek Mill (born May 6, 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; real name: Robert Rihmeek Williams) is an American rapper.
Meek Mill grew up first in South Philadelphia and later in North Philadelphia, where he came into contact with drug and violent crime at an early age. His father was shot and killed when Meek was five years old.
In his youth, Meek Mill formed the crew The BloodHoundz together with Mel-Luv, Dat Nigga Lil and Young Pooh. They recorded several mixtapes, such as Grimey, Thirsty, Starvin’ & Hungry and Blood in, Blood Out. Later, Williams chose Meek Mill as his stage name.
In 2006, Williams was arrested in a drug bust and later sentenced to prison on drug trafficking charges, among others, followed by 11 years of probation.
In early 2010, Meek Mill had a first solo attention-getting success with Make ‘Em Say. He first entered the U.S. singles chart in late 2011 on the Wale single Ambition. His first hit of his own was six months later Amen together with rapper Drake, which reached #5 on the R&B charts. In May 2012, he released his most famous release, his mixtape Dreamchasers 2, which was downloaded close to 4 million times. Seven songs entered the R&B charts. In November 2012, his debut album Dreams & Nightmares was released. It entered the US album charts at number 2.
From 2014 until the end of 2016, Meek was in a relationship with rapper Nicki Minaj.
Meek was sentenced in November 2017 to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. His incarceration was heavily criticized by the public. Several prominent rappers, such as Jay-Z and Rick Ross, spoke out about the case and advocated for his release. On April 24, 2018, Meek Mill was released on bail.
In 2020, he was featured in the film Charm City Kings. Meek Mill is currently signed to rapper Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group label.