Viewers tuned into Sunday’s BET Awards were privy to the first glimpse at Amazon’s new docu-series, “Free Meek.” The trailer, just under two and a half minutes, premiered during the awards show and revealed the Friday, Aug. 9 release date. 

According to a press release from Amazon Studios, “Free Meek,” “chronicles Meek Mill’s fight for exoneration in his legal case while exposing the broader flaws of the U.S. criminal justice system.” The five-part limited series also will capture “the birth of the #FREEMEEK movement” along with exploring the different ways in which the justice system fails individuals “with allegations of dirty cops, planted evidence and systemic corruption.”

“Free Meek” was born out of Meek Mill’s November 2017 arrest. After popping a wheelie in New York City, the Philadelphia native was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison. The charge was ultimately dismissed, however, Meek was still sent to prison for other probation violations (he failed a drug test and ignored travel restrictions, according to Rolling Stone).

Upon his April 2018 release from prison, the 32-year-old was met with a groundswell of support from celebrities and fans alike. This inspired Meek to establish the REFORM Alliance so that he could speak up for against injustice. “I decided to use my platform for others who don’t have a voice,” the rapper said in the trailer.

“Free Meek” will give viewers an insiders look into the launch of the alliance which aims to change “the laws, policies, and practices that perpetuate the horrific injustice we’re seeing in America.” 

Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, is an American rapper, songwriter and activist who has been in the industry for over 15 years. Amazon Prime Video reveals that “Free Meek” “will give viewers unprecedented access to Meek’s life, career, and struggle with the criminal justice system while exposing the crisis of long tail probation.”

“Free Meek” will be available for viewing via Amazon Prime Video on Aug. 9.

Free Meek documentary "Free Meek" is a five-episode documentary series about rapper Meek Mill. Photo: Amazon Prime Video