Meek Mill© Bill Streicher|2017 Nov 1
Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody are set to perform a free concert in Grant Park on Sept. 5 prior to the Bears and Packers colliding as part of the NFL’s Kickoff Experience, the league announced Friday.
Mill, the Philadelphia-based rapper and friend of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, was released from prison by the Philadelphia Supreme Court in April of last year, only five months into a 2-4 year sentence for a violation probation, with support of prosecutors after the arresting officer was deemed by the DA to be “tainted” and “unworthy of testimony.”
Mill, who since his release has become an activist for criminal justice reform, is joined on the bill by fellow advocates of the NFL’s Inspire Change coalition, the Grammy Award-winning pop artist Trainor and rapper Rapsody, who has shared stages with Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller, among other hip hop giants. Trainor and Rapsody will perform before Mill, whose set begins at approximately 6:30 — one hour before the NFL’s oldest rivals officially kick off the Bears and NFL’s centennial season by the lakefront.
Ex-Bears Jim McMahon, Charles Tillman and Matt Forte will sign autographs at the event, which will house massive screens for a free watch party after the music.
Additionally, event sponsor EA Sports will hold the Madden Experience, where former NFL greats Michael Vick and Chad Johnson, along with musicians and Twitch streamers, can battle in the first-ever Madden NFL Twitch Prime Crown Cup.
Although Bears owner George McCaskey said at the Bears’ “Return to Decatur” event last month that he expected Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper to be a part of the NFL’s Kickoff event, that no longer appears to be the case. In other words, we’re telling you there is no Chance.