With his debut album Dreams and Nightmares finally in stores, Meek Mill is celebrating a new phase of his life and career, but the Philadelphia rapper has come a long way. On the latest episode of “This Is How I Made It,” premiering Saturday at noon, the MMG rapper shares his journey from a jail cell to the studio.
“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.”
After that wake-up call, Meek got on his grind, dedicating all of his time to music. “I really put my life into rapping,” he explained. “They let me out on house arrest and the judge gave me permission to go to the studio, and that taught me another lesson because every day [I was] going straight to the studio for 12 hours straight and I started putting up six songs a day for three months straight — that’s what gave me my little jump start.”
Needless to say, all of that hard work paid off.
“This Is How I Made It” airs Saturdays at 12 p.m. ET on MTV.