Boosie Badazz has offered words of praise and encouragement to Meek Mill after learning that he recently received a pardon from the governor of Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia rapper took to Instagram on Thursday (January 12) to share a certificate signed by Governor Tom Wolf, outlining his prior convictions and the decision for him to be relieved of the legal consequences resulting from them.
On Saturday morning (January 14) Boosie expressed how impressed he was with the turn of events and to urge Meek Mill to fully take stock of what this could mean for others who are incarcerated.
“@MeekMill Mill GOT A PARDON!!,” the Baton Rouge rapper wrote. “THATS SUM Powefulshit [hands raised emoji]!! THATS REAL POWER!! U N YOUR TEAM CAN CHANGE LAWS N BRING ALOT OF REAL ONES HOME FROM PRISON WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED!! KEEP GOING YOUNG KING [crown emoji] I BELIEVE YOU CAN MAKE SOME CHANGES FOR THE ONES GONE #mademesmilethismorning”
@MeekMill Mill GOT A PARDON ‼️THATS SUM Powefulshit🙌‼️THATS REAL POWER ‼️U N YOUR TEAM CAN CHANGE LAWS N BRING ALOT OF REAL ONES HOME FROM PRISON WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED‼️KEEP GOING YOUNG KING 👑 I BELIEVE YOU CAN MAKE SOME CHANGES FOR THE ONES GONE #mademesmilethismorning
— Boosie BadAzz (@BOOSIEOFFICIAL) January 14, 2023
Meek Mill was one of 369 recipients of a pardon from Governor Wolf this week, bringing his total to 2,540 since being sworn into office in 2015.
“I have taken this process very seriously — reviewing and giving careful thought to each and every one of these 2,540 pardons and the lives they will impact,” Wolf said in a statement. “Every single one of the Pennsylvanians who made it through the process truly deserves their second chance, and it’s been my honor to grant it.”
He continued: “A record prevents positive forward motion in a person’s life, and can spark a repetitive cycle of defeat. I firmly believe that with restored rights, pardoned Pennsylvanians prove themselves by stepping up and giving back to our communities.”
Meek Mill has vowed to use his cleared record to continue fighting for his community as he has since his release in 2009.
Boosie Badazz has also had his fair share of run-ins with the law. In 2009, the Baton Rouge rapper was arrested for a third-offense marijuana possession charge and violation of probation. Two years later, while still incarcerated, the rapper was sentenced to an additional eight years of hard labor after pleading guilty to drug charges stemming from an attempt to smuggle codeine, ecstasy and marijuana into prison.
According to USA Today, the drug charges brought against the Bad Azz Entertainment founder came while he awaited trial for first-degree murder charges after he allegedly ordered a hit on a 35-year-old Baton Rouge man in late 2009. Boosie was found not guilty by a Baton Rouge jury in May of 2012.
Boosie was arrested on drug related charges on two more occasions, most recently following a traffic stop in Georgia. During the stop, police officers claimed they could smell marijuana in the SUV in which the rapper was riding as a passenger, leading them to searching the vehicle and finding a bag of weed and a large bag of cash.
Boosie was cited for marijuana possession and allowed to leave the scene.
A 2019 traffic stop led to authorities in Coweta County — just outside of Atlanta — finding a loaded 9mm handgun, marijuana and over $20,000 in cash in Boosie Badazz’s car. He was eventually charged with possession of marijuana, possession of THC and possession of a firearm during a felony.
He avoided prison time after pleading guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana in exchange for having two other charges — possession of a controlled substance and failure to maintain lane — dropped.