Rapper and Philadelphia native Meek Mill joined fellow fans in celebrating the Eagles' Super Bowl victory on Sunday with an emotional statement.
Heartened And Humbled
The rapper, speaking to NBC's John Clark from prison, gushed about how proud he was of his hometown heroes. Mill lamented how he so wished he could be there celebrating with them.
"Last night, I felt especially proud to be from the great city of Philadelphia. All the heart that the Eagles showed in winning the Super Bowl has given the best fans in the world real hope and inspiration and I'm truly humbled," he said via Clark's Instagram post, which also included a video of the team running out of the tunnel.
"I wish my current situation was different, and that I could be [there] ... celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But I have faith that truth and justice will win out in the end," his statement continued.
Their Unofficial Anthem
The Eagles entered the field to Mill's own "Dreams and Nightmares," before celebrating in the locker room with the same song following the game. The team has coined the track as their unofficial fight song. The single first came to the fore when the Eagles played it upon becoming NFC Champions back in January.
They've utilized it consistently throughout their long road to victory, Mill's lyrics ringing especially true as they knuckled down and racked up the wins.
Malcolm Jenkins says “it just gave us that juice. Ive never heard the Linc that loud since Ive been here” pic.twitter.com/osmmBbKvQu
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 22, 2018
Meek Mill is currently serving a two to four year prison sentence for violating his probation, in relation to a decade-old gun and drug charge. His lawyers unsuccessfully appealed to the higher court on his behalf. They also requested the judge to step aside due to an alleged ongoing FBI investigation involving her conduct in Mill's case.
Faith In The System
The comment section on Clark's post was instantly flooded with #FreeMeek hashtags as a result of the rapper's statement, with particular reference to his comment about justice prevailing in the end.
There's certainly a correlation between Mill's underdog fight and that of the Eagles'. "Dreams and Nightmares" definitely plays into those feelings, too.
Since the Eagles' January victory, average daily streams of the song have increased twofold in Philadelphia. According to Amazon Music, streaming also increased 1.5 times across the nation.
The track features on Mill's debut studio album of the same name, released in 2012. The record debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.