Meek Mill Granted New Trial After Conviction Thrown Out

The rapper is celebrating a new start and a new label
Meek Mill performs onstage at the 2019 BET Experience
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After years of court battles, Meek Mill has been granted a new trial.

An appeals court in Pennsylvania threw out his conviction in a drug and gun case on Wednesday, citing new evidence and alleged police corruption.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court also overturned findings that sent the entertainer back to prison in 2017. That five month stay in jail prompted the nationwide “Free Meek Mill” movement and elevated conversations about prison reform.

The court decision comes one day after Meek Mill inked a new partnership with Jay-Z, bringing his Dream Chasers label into the Roc Nation family. Mill will oversee the new venture and help develop new artists.

“Everything he has done leading up to this point shows he is ready to lead the next generation” Jay-Z tells Variety. “We look at the big picture — this is way beyond signing artists and having hot records.”

Mill posted shortly after the news of a new trial, writing “I’m not on probation right label deal with jayz!!! Today was lit already.”

Meek Mill starts The Legendary Nights Tour with Future in August. You can find the full list of dates here.