Jay-Z advised Meek Mill to bail on Trump's White House summit, reports say

Jay-Z reportedly advised friend and fellow rapper Meek Mill to cancel his visit to the White House, where he was to take part in President Trump's Prison Reform Summit on Friday. 

According to TMZ, Jay-Z called Mill on Thursday night to let him know that a meeting with Trump would damage his image. In addition to Jay-Z, the outlet reported other high-profile African-Americans also called Mill to express the same message. 

Evidently, the late-night phone calls had worked on Mill and he later released a statement to TMZ which read, "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."

CORRECTS TO MEEK MILL NOT MEEK MILLS Rapper Meek Mill comes out to ring a Liberty Bell replica before the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Following is most recent prison release, Meek Mill re-joined society by attending a Philadelphia 76ers game.  (AP)

The president is hosting Friday a Prison Reform Summit that includes members of Congress, various activists and people who have experienced life under the current prison system. 

"I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system," Mill said. "Most importantly I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system."

Mill himself was released from prison on April 24, after he was sentenced in November to four years in prison for violating previous probations stemming back to 2008, when the rapper was convicted on gun and drug charges

He served prison for a few months and then was given a five-year parole. But during those five years, Mill was convicted of several parole violations and was re-arrested in 2017 on two separate charges. 

Rapper Meek Mill, right, leaves the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pa., Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The rapper walked out of prison Tuesday after Pennsylvania's highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions. Following a five-month campaign by his supporters to get him out, the state Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail. (David Swanson /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Meek Mill during his release from prison on April 24, following a five-month campaign to get him out.  (AP)

Upon his release, Mill issued a statement saying the past months had been "a nightmare," and thanked his many supporters and visitors, which included New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues," he said. 

Following a five-month campaign by his supporters to get him out, the state Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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