Mill is focusing his energy on the community by giving back to students at James G. Blaine Elementary School in North Philadelphia.
On Wednesday morning, the “Stay Woke” rapper surprised hundreds of uniform-clad students at his alma mater.
Meek Mill stopped by the elementary school to personally hand out backpacks filled with school supplies to every student, supported by Puma, his longtime sponsor.
A total of 6,000 are being donated to 12 Philadelphia schools, each filled with much-needed school supplies for students whose parents often struggle to purchase them.
“I just wanted to come back and share my support to my hometown and the first school I ever attended,” the “Millidelphia” rapper said.
Mill’s face lit up as he handed young fans their backpacks, gamely exchanging fist bumps and smiling for pictures.
There were some tears, a lot of screaming and of course some disbelief.
“It’s a good feeling, I’ve been up all night, I was in the studio all night ’till 7 in the morning, flew here, came and gave out book bags and met the children. I seem a little rustled but… it’s out of love for the people in my city,” Mill, who is headlining this weekend’s Made in America Festival, said.
The Philadelphia rapper’s visit to Blaine Elementary was part of a collaboration between the rapper and the School District of Philadelphia to donate the backpacks to district students in need.
The “Dangerous” hitmaker, who was born in Philadelphia, says he knows how much families can struggle when it comes to funding school supplies, which prompted him to give back to his community.
“Those memories stay with me and that’s why I’m committed to giving back to families in my hometown, putting smiles on kids’ faces and helping them start the school year on the right note with the right supplies,” he told TMZ.
The good deed comes after the rapper stepped down from attending the Prison Reform Summit held by President Donald Trump in May because believed his presence may have “taken away” from the importance of the meeting.
“I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system. Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions. As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantly I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system,” he expressed.
Meek Mill was released from prison in April serving time for parole violations stemming from a 2007 arrest. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison but in April, the state Supreme Court granted the rapper extraordinary relief allowing him to be released from prison on bail.
Meek Mill has been busy since his release, creating the Legends of Summer EP and speaking out on social justice reform.