PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside of the commonwealth.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday told the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He served eight months in jail and began five years of probation in the fall of 2009.
Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams’ statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans.
Williams told the judge at the contentious hearing that detailing his travel plans was difficult because many of his business activities are arranged on short notice.
“I have my own record label with seven artists. … I do radio. I do interviews,” he said.
The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court, adding that the etiquette classes were “more important than any concerts he might have.”
Brinkley in December barred the rapper from touring for a month after finding that he violated probation restrictions. Williams’ attorney argued at the time that the restrictions were preventing his client from earning a living, and said Williams didn’t need to check in with his probation officer because his fans frequently take pictures of him when he’s touring.
Williams’ “Dreams & Nightmares” album debuted in October and he appeared in Jay-Z’s Made In America festival earlier this year.
Rappers With a College Degree
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1. Honorary: Diddy spent some time at Howard University but never finished. This year he received an honorary Doctorate.
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2. Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) Glover graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art.
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3. Honorary: Lil Wayne went to the University of Houston before transferring to the University of Phoenix to take classes online.
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4. Mos Def graduated from NYU
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5. Honorary: Common attended Florida A&M for two years with an academic scholarship
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6. Camron graduated from junior college in Texas
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7. 2 Chainz graduated from Alabama State University
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8. Lil Jon graduated high school, finished college at Ohio State University in '93 and straight into the music biz. (AP)
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9. Producer, Singer Ryan Leslie has a Degree in Government & Economics from Harvard University. (PR Photos)
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10. J. Cole has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications with a minor in Business from St. John's University. (AP)
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11. Joe Torry has a Degree in Mass Communications from Lincoln University. (PR Photos)
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12. David Banner has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Southern University. (PR Photos)
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13. Young MC has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Southern California. (PR Photos)
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14. Ludacris has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Management from Georgia State University. (AP)
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15. Public Enemy's Chuck D. has a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from Adelphi University (New York) (PR Photos)
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16. M.I.A. She completed a program in fine art, film and video at London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. AP
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17. Ice Cube earned a degree in Architecture from Phoenix Institue of Technology in 1988. (PR Photos)
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18. Stat Quo has a Bachelor's in International Business & Economics from the University of Florida. (TheUrbanDaily)
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19. Rapper Sage Francis earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island in 1999. (Twitter)
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20. Talib Kweli has a New York University Theatre and Arts Degree. (Photo: AP)
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21. Flava Flav earned degrees in Radio Communications & Business from Adelphi University. (Photo: AP)
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22. MC Solaar earned degrees in Languages and Philosophy from the Jussieu Campus of the University of Paris. (Tumblr)
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23. Musta Ace earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island. (Tumblr)
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24. Rumor has it that Plies graduated from a four year college in Miami with a Degree in Nursing. (Photo: EURweb)
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25. The late great GURU (Keith Elam) earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College
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