Among the ongoing legal battle currently imprisoning rapper Meek Mill, the music video to his Wins and Losses cut “1942 Flows” has been released. The video starts off with muffled clamor from the press in a believable alternate reality, where one reporter asks, “Meek, you’re just getting out of prison, how does it feel to be part of the system?” To which he replies, “I feel like a free slave… It’s time to level up, to stand up and be the person I be. Set an example for the young brothers coming up.”
The song itself is a powerful summary of Meek Mill’s career up until this point, but the music video adds another dimension to the story. The video cuts in shots of Philadelphia, a variety of #Justice4Meek signs, and hundreds of people rallying on Arch Street outside the Criminal Justice Center this past November. This footage was taken from a rally in the weeks following of Mill’s sentencing, and in the music video (and present at the rally), label head and mentor to Mill, Rick Ross, can be seen walking the streets and speaking to the crowds.
This past March, Rolling Stone magazine ran a comprehensive piece on the history of Meek Mill’s legal toils, and it should be considered essential reading for anyone who has even heard about the case in passing. Read the in-depth piece on their website, and view the music video to “1942 Flows” below.
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