Why meek mill and the sixers are made for each other – philly wd gaster x reader


Mills’ incarceration and perceived-to-be-too-harsh sentence made him a cause célèbre whose supporters point to bias against minorities in the nation’s criminal justice system. While in the lockup, his stature grew as a music-maker in absentia whose combative raps were the soundtrack of the national rise of the local sports teams the city so fiercely identifies with.

The Eagles used Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” as entrance music before winning the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in February. The Sixers come out to that same booming title track from Mill’s 2012 album at all their home games. They will continue doing so during their hopefully deep playoff run.

With the Sixers, the connection runs particularly deep. Early on Tuesday, comedian Kevin Hart and team co-owner Michael Rubin, the Fanatics sports apparel billionaire who was a tireless advocate for his incarcerated friend, visited Mill in prison. Embiid and teammates Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz had also visited Mill.

After hearing the news of Mill’s release, Rubin commandeered a helicopter to beat the traffic on I-95 to get Mill to the arena in time to change his clothes and pump up the team in the locker room before being greeted by fans as a returning hometown hero.

The fit makes sense because the Sixers have a core of young, hip-hop-loving players, including Simmons, 21, who’s been romantically linked to R&B singer Tinashe, and Embiid, 24. In February 2017, while sitting out due to an injured knee, Embiid couldn’t resist taking off his shirt and dancing on stage at a Mill concert at the Wells Fargo.

Before the controversial team rebuilding designed by former general manager Sam Hinkie known as the Process started to pay off, the Sixers were failures of historic proportions. (The team that won 16 games in a row this year won only 10 in the entirety of the season two years ago.)

It’s no wonder that a franchise with infinite patience would take to “Dreams and Nightmares,” an anthem of indefatigable determination. “I used to pray for times like this, to rhyme like this,” spits Mill, who was raised rugged in South and North Philly and whose father was murdered when Meek was 5. “So I had to grind like that, to shine like this.”

Before his legal troubles began anew, Mill talked to me in July about his affinity for the Sixers. “I’ve been down for the Sixers for a minute now,” the 30-year-old rapper said. “I’m trusting the Process,” adding that he sometimes offered helpful advice. “I try to make sure they don’t make the same mistakes. If I could be 22 again, I would be better than I was when I was 22, ’cause I know more now.”

When Judge Genece E. Brinkley sentenced Mill in November, Rubin says, the first two people he spoke to were Sixers majority owner Josh Harris and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “I said, ‘Hey, what happened to Meek is really wrong and I think it’s worth it to make a stand and shed light on both Meek’s situation and the broken criminal justice system.’ Josh agreed,” Rubin said. He added that Silver was “also incredibly supportive.”

That unified stand has drawn criticism: Daily News and Inquirer columnist Christine Flowers wrote that Mill “should be viewing the playoffs from a rec room next to his orange-suited peers. The fact that he has the ability to speak in syncopated rhymes does not give him the right to be treated more leniently than other parole violators.” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins clapped back at Flowers: “If you don’t understand why Meek Mill and his story is more important now than ever you have CHOSEN to close your eyes to problems in our society.”