Free Meek

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Free Meek
Free Meek series.jpg
GenreTrue crime[1]
Documentary[2]
StarringMeek Mill
Jay-Z
Van Jones
Michael G. Rubin
Tamika Mallory
Paul Solotaroff
Swizz Beatz
Composer(s)Roahn Hylton
Jacob Yoffee[3]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Erin Gamble
Eli Holzman
Jay-Z
Meek Mill
Aaron Saidman
Isaac Solotaroff
Paul Solotaroff
Production location(s)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
CinematographyGregg de Domenico
Running time33–48 minutes
Production company(s)Roc Nation
The Intellectual Property Corporation[4]
DistributorAmazon
Release
Original networkPrime Video
Picture format16:9 Digital (HDTV)
Original releaseAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
External links
Free Meek on Amazon

Free Meek is a 2019 true-crime docuseries about American rapper Meek Mill's ongoing battle with the U.S. justice system following a disputed conviction in 2007. The five-part series premiered August 9, 2019, on Prime Video,[5] and is produced by his record label, Roc Nation, and executed produced by Mill and Jay-Z.[4]

Background[edit]

The series examines how Mill has been repeatedly returned to prison based on trivial violations of his parole, by an allegedly biased[6] judge overseeing his case, and probes the problematic circumstances of the original charges, of which he maintains his innocence. The series includes interviews with Mill and his family, along with Jay-Z, CNN commentator Van Jones, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael G. Rubin, Black Lives Matter activist Tamika Mallory, and Rolling Stone reporter Paul Solotaroff.[2]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected by [7]Original air date [8]
1"Two Americas"Patrick ReardonAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
Meek Mill is a hip-hop superstar but got his start as a battle rapper on the streets of Philly's roughest neighborhoods. At age 19, a violent encounter with law enforcement sends him to jail and ensnares him in the justice system. He will spend the next 11 years trying to break free of its grasp.
2"The Trap"Patrick ReardonAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
Judge Genece Brinkley finds Meek guilty of gun and drug charges and sentences him to 11.5 to 23 months in jail and 10 years of probation. Once released, Meek's music career explodes as he joins forces with Rick Ross and Roc Nation, but a series of probation violations lands him back in Brinkley's courtroom and back in jail. He's now part of a trap that he can't escape.
3"Under Her Thumb"Patrick ReardonAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
Meek struggles with probation as his personal life spirals out of control. After a battle with addiction, a brawl in an airport and an arrest for popping a wheelie, Judge Brinkley sends him to prison for 2-4 years. The case ignites tensions about racial injustice and protesters take to the streets while an investigation into the judge by Meek's defense team produces shocking revelations.
4"Filthadelphia"Patrick ReardonAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
Private investigators take a deep dive into Meek's original arrest and discover new clues. Former cops share explosive allegations about Meek's arresting officer and the investigators learn that the version of events that was presented at Meek's trial may not be the truth. Meek's supporters feel a fresh sense of hope, but will the new revelations be enough to free Meek?
5"Free, Not Free"Patrick ReardonAugust 9, 2019 (2019-08-09)
Protesters surround the courthouse as Judge Brinkley decides Meek's fate. Even prosecutors agree that his case should be overturned, but the Judge's decision leaves lawyers scrambling for a new plan. Meek finds himself at the center of a huge national movement as he struggles to overcome the trauma of his prison experience and create a legacy that could change the system forever.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Free Meek' on Amazon Prime, a Documentary Chronicle of Rapper Meek Mill's Many Legal Troubles". Decider. August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Janice (August 9, 2019). "Everything to know about Meek Mill's Amazon Prime Video documentary series 'Free Meek'". Newsweek. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Composers Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton Talk About Scoring Amazon's 'Free Meek Mill' Docuseries". Blackfilm. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Berman, Judy (July 31, 2019). "'Free Meek' Brings Meek Mill's Long Legal Nightmare to Life". Time. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Langmann, Brady (August 11, 2019). "Inside the Relentless Private Investigation That Granted Meek Mill a New Trial". Esquire. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "FBI launches probe into judge who sent Meek Mill to jail". Page Six. November 14, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Free Meek - TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Orcutt, K. C. (June 24, 2019). "Meek Mill documentary series "Free Meek" to premiere on Amazon". REVOLT. Retrieved September 13, 2019.

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