Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper. Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, and later formed a short-lived rap group, The Bloodhoundz. In 2008, Atlanta-based rapper T.I. signed Meek Mill to his first record deal. In February 2011, after leaving Grand Hustle Records, Mill signed with Miami-based rapper Rick Ross\'s Maybach Music Group (MMG). Mill\'s debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, was released in 2012 under MMG and Warner Bros. Records. The album, preceded by the lead single "Amen", debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200. \n', '
In October 2012, Mill announced the launch of his own label imprint, Dream Chasers Records, named after his mixtape series. Meek Mill often collaborates with fellow MMG label-mates; he is also known for his appearances on MMG\'s Self Made compilation series, with his first two singles, "Tupac Back" and "Ima Boss", being included on volume one. In November 2017, he was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating parole and served five months at the State Correctional Institution – Chester in Chester, Pennsylvania, before being released while his trial continues.\n', '
Meek Mill was born Robert Rihmeek Williams on May 6, 1987 in South Philadelphia, the son of Kathy Williams. He has an older sister, Nasheema Williams. Kathy grew up in poverty and her mother died when she was young. Meek\'s father was killed when Meek was five years old, apparently during an attempted robbery. His uncle, Robert, described Meek Mill\'s father as a "black sheep of the family". After her husband\'s death, Kathy moved with Meek and his sister to North Philadelphia, where they lived in a three-bedroom apartment on Berks Street. Their financial condition was poor and she started cutting hair, shoplifting, and doing other jobs, some of which were "semi-legal", to support the family. At home, Meek Mill was shy and rarely spoke. As a kid, he became acquainted with another one of his father’s brothers, who went by the MC name "Grandmaster Nell", who was a pioneering disc jockey (DJ) in the late-1980s Philadelphia hip-hop scene and influenced rap artists Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Meek\'s interest in hip-hop grew as a result of these early influences. He was also influenced by the independent hip-hop artists Chic Raw and Vodka, whom he used to emulate by watching their DVDs.\n', '