Rapper Meek Mill, who was just released from prison, will produce a six-part docuseries with Amazon Prime that will follow the rapper and his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system.
The untitled series will follow Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, and his supporters as they attempt to expose the different facets of corruption that lead to his incarceration by the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. Last November, Mill was sent to prison for two-to-four years after being seen on an Instagram video popping a wheelie, which a Pennsylvania judge said was a violation of his probation.
The sentencing was perceived as too severe, and caused widespread outrage and triggered a series of investigations, which the series will explore, as well as the negative effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of color. The show will also feature original music from the rapper.
The series is executive produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Paul and Isaac Solotaroff, and produced by Carter’s Roc Nation and The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC).
“I’m grateful for this unique opportunity to share my story and I look forward to collaborating with Amazon Prime Video, Roc Nation and The Intellectual Property Corporation on this incredible series,” said Meek Mill. “Not only will this documentary give viewers an unprecedented look at my life, but it will also allow me to use my public platform to highlight the need for criminal justice reform.”
The series is expected to premiere in 2019.
“We’re thrilled to be working with such a talented group of producers to bring Meek’s life story to light,” said Heather Schuster, head of unscripted, Amazon Originals. “Meek’s story of being incarcerated needs to be told and we will have incredible access that takes Prime members beyond the headlines and into his world.”