While Stante didn’t make it past the qualifying round, he used his big on-camera moment to advocate for the imprisoned Philadelphia rapper. The front of Stante’s board read in sharpie, “#FreeMeekMill.”
In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years in prison after a judge ruled that he violated multiple provisions of his probation. The 30-year-old rapper was previously placed on probation due to a 2008 conviction for gun and drug charges. He did an eight-month bid for those charges, in addition to the probation sentence. In 2016, he was placed under 90 days of house arrest for violating that probation after going on some unapproved travel.
After the sentencing in Nov. 2017, Meek’s judge was called into question when documents implied that she had violated the Judicial Code of Conduct by using courthouse staff and city resources for personal business matters. Meek's attorney also alleged that the judge used her position to target the rapper after he declined to mention her in a song.
In more recent, uplifting news, Meek captured the heart of his hometown football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles adopted Meek’s 2012 song “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” as their unofficial anthem and later landed their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.