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It’s been a long road to for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.

His debut album Dreams and Nightmares is in stores now, but at one time he thought his life would turn out from behind a cold cell.

On the latest episode of “This Is How I Made It,” on MTV, he 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.

Watch the full episode, click here.

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