Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill surprised children at a group home in his hometown with Christmas presents last week.
Along with members of his Dreamchasers crew, the 26-year-old brought food, books, clothing, Puma sneakers, an Xbox One, flat screen TVs, and other gifts to the young men at the home.
“Everybody’s been through it before, man. When you get out (of) here, man, just make sure you do what you got to do, and don’t let none of this hold you back,” Meek Mill told the young men at the home.
“People dying out here everyday. People going to jail everyday. It’s either you want money, you want to take care of family, better yourself, or you want to do the other two. And the other two ain’t nice, man.”
Meek Mill explained that after his father died when he was only four years old, he made up his mind that he had to be the man of the house, and encouraged the boys at the home to take care of their families. He also explained that everything he has in life now is the result of hard work and consistency and that none of it came overnight.
This isn’t Meek Mill’s only good deed this holiday season. In November, he held his first annual “A Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving” in conjunction with Mayor Michael Nutter. The rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, held a two-day turkey giveaway at the Martin Luther King Jr. Adult Center and the Hank Gathers Recreation Center.
“Philly raised me and made me into the man I am today, so to do the first annual ‘A Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving,’ was an obvious thing to do,” he said. “I’m blessed to be in a position where I can make sure that as many people as possible have a meal on Thanksgiving, so that they can be with their loved ones to enjoy the holiday.”
It’s quite a turnaround from last summer when a judge ordered Meek Mill to take etiquette classes based on the way he speaks in court and how he acts outside of the courtroom.
“That’s why I wanted an etiquette person to help him out,” Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley told the rapper’s defense attorney Gary Silver. “He has a lot of issues.”