Meek Mill‘s debut album Dreams and Nightmares is in stores now, but it’s been a long road to release for the Philadelphia rapper. On the latest episode of “This Is How I Made It,” he shares his journey from a jail cell to the studio. Watch the full episode above.
“I was 18, just turned [into] an adult when I went to jail,” he reveals, recapping his brush with the law that changed everything. “I caught a case and had 57 charges. Young guys that get caught with a gun — they’re gonna automatically charge you up. All I did was walk outside with a gun.”
Meek explained that the long months he spent in jail made it clear to him that he needed to make a life change. “In jail you ain’t got nothing to do but sit in there and think all day,” he said. “I just [didn’t] wanna die, I [didn’t] wanna get shot or get life in jail because that’s the usual script. I ended up going about 20-something months and realized that wasn’t the place I wanted to be.”