He said he was planning to "get more life coaching." He said he knew what the stakes were - "everything is riding on the line." He blamed his probation woes on the struggles of fame - "Early in my career, I was caught up between money and success." Mill's troubles began when he was convicted for drug possession and carrying a gun without a license in 2008.He served eight months in prison, and then began five years' probation in fall 2009. But prosecutors said Mill repeatedly flouted rules all probationers must follow - checking in with probation officers and getting permission to travel.
Life coach Dyana Williams, no relation, said she has been working with the rapper since late January.Hardy, former Judge Jimmy Moore, and songwriter Kenny Gamble, who is Dyana Williams' ex-husband, also testified on Mill's behalf, assuring Brinkley that the rapper is a changed man.Stylistically, rap occupies a gray area between speech, prose, poetry, and singing. Rap Brown, rap was a slang term referring to an oration or speech, such as was common among the "hip" crowd in the protest movements, but it did not come to be associated with a musical style for another decade.The word, which predates the musical form, originally meant "to lightly strike", The word had been used in British English since the 16th century. Del the Funky Homosapien similarly states that rap was used to refer to talking in a stylistic manner in the early 1970s: "I was born in '72...Not just jazz music and lyrics but also jazz poetry.
According to John Sobol, the jazz musician and poet who wrote Digitopia Blues, rap "bears a striking resemblance to the evolution of jazz both stylistically and formally".
She had testified on his behalf at an earlier hearing and pledged to help him follow the rules of his probation.
In a halting voice, Mill apologized for "embarrassing" the court and his probation officer.
But after a 41/2-hour hearing in which a life coach, a charter school executive, a former judge, and an R&B legend testified on Mill's behalf, Brinkley sentenced him to at least 90 days of house arrest instead.
Starting March 1, Mill, whose given name is Robert Williams, must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and is prohibited from recording, releasing music, or performing.
One such tradition is the patter song exemplified by Gilbert and Sullivan but that has origins in earlier Italian opera.