Interview: Meek Mills “In Jail You Ain’t Got Nothing To Do But Think All Day”

| November 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Meek Mills debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, sits presently on store shelves, and the young rapper is very appreciative of his success. But when MTV interviewed him for “This Is How I Made It”, he told reporters that his life could have headed in a completely different direction.

“I was 18, just turned [into] an adult when I went to jail,” he said, explaining to MTV that the visit completely changed his outlook on life. “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.”

Spending time in prison helped Meek Mill to clarify his choice of being an emcee. No matter what it took, the Philly rapper had to change his direction in life. “In jail you ain’t got nothing to do but sit in there and think all day.”

Unlike many others, Meek Mill told MTV that the time he spent behind bars helped his dedication to making music tremendously. “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 gone about 20-something months and realized that wasn’t the place I wanted to be.”

“I really put my life into rapping,” he added. “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.”

Watch the interview below:

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