In June 2013, the court noted that Mill continually failed to report his travel plans.Brinkley established an August deadline for the classes, noting that Mill has "a lot of issues" and that the classes would provide him with a "big-picture perspective" of his personal and professional actions.During that same year, Meek Mill also met the founder and owner of Grand Hustle Records, Atlanta-based rapper and record executive T. Although he was offered other record deals, Mill felt collaborating with T. was "an opportunity of a lifetime" and thus chose his label.However, a setback occurred: Mill was arrested, charged with gun and drug possession, and ordered to serve seven months in prison. Under Grand Hustle, Mill formed a work relationship with the label's resident disc jockey, DJ Drama.He's the next one to take this shit over." The album was released on October 30, 2012.Following an album release party in Philadelphia, Mill was detained by Philadelphia police after a car in which he was riding in was pulled over.Later that year, he released his debut single, "Tupac Back", featuring Rick Ross, from his label's compilation album Self Made Vol. That same year he released his second single, "Ima Boss", also take from the compilation and featuring Ross. I., Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross.The remix charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #51, becoming Mill's most successful single at that time.
He was also influenced by the independent hip-hop artists Chic Raw and Vodka, whom he used to emulate by watching their DVDs.
In February 2011, Rick Ross announced the signing of Mill along with fellow American rapper Wale to his Maybach Music Group (MMG) label.
In March 2011, Mill was included in XXL's "Freshman Class of 2011".
After her husband's death, Kathy moved with Meek and his sister to North Philadelphia, where they lived in a three-bedroom apartment on Berks Street.
Their financial condition was poor and she started cutting hair, shoplifting, and doing other jobs, some of which were "semi-legal", to support the family. As a kid, he became acquainted with another one of his father’s brothers, who went by the MC name "Grandmaster Nell", who was a pioneering disc jockey (DJ) in the late-1980s Philadelphia hip-hop scene and influenced rap artists Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Meek Mill posted 6 videos on his Instagram previewing music for his mixtape, DC4.