*Meek Mill has promised never to leave his son again after learning that the six-year-old was suspended from school shortly after his father’s incarceration on a probation violation.
Meek was released from a state prison in Chester, Pennsylvania on Tuesday after spending five months behind bars and he now tells Rolling Stone that his first order of business is to get things back on track with his young son, Rihmeek.
“My son had never been suspended. He always been doing great in school, and I felt like I was a great failure by being incarcerated,” Meek said. “(Not) raising my son was like a big grief to me. It hurt me a lot. It angered me.
“We had conversation. I think he’s happy. I told him I would never leave him again.”
Meek said that he was his son’s age when he lost his own father, adding, “My father got murdered, and I knew somebody killed him. That’s how I remember it. My aunt said, ‘You tell your dad goodbye like he ain’t never coming back’. It registered to me as a little kid what she said, and I always remembered it.”
“I had a phone (in jail), so I stayed in contact with him (Rihmeek),” he adds. “I tried to keep the connection there, but it’s not a real connection when you only could call at certain hours.
“My son, he don’t get home from school at six o’clock, so you know, it ain’t do me the real justice. It was just a reflection of what happens over and over with young black men, like a lot of young black men grow up without father figures and you end up in the wrong places.”
The rapper said his incarceration also took a toll on his mother, who turned to alcohol to cope.
“I called my mom the other day (from prison)… She was talking a lot, and she sounded a little slurrish,” he recalls. “I know my mom… I was like, ‘You was drinking?’ ‘Yeah, I had three beers’. And my mom, she really been staying away from drinking, because 20 years ago, she was drinking a lot, and she overcame that.
“But just the fact that something that happened to me when I was 18 years old, now that I’m 30 years old, is driving my mom crazy, and I’m not committing crime. I don’t think that was really fair.”
Meek is due back in court in June, when the court will decide whether the 2007 crime he’s still on probation for will be thrown out, considering that the cop who arrested him had been named as part of a local corruption scandal, and was accused of lying under oath to put the rapper behind bars.