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Meek Mill talks new album,
feuds and film endeavours
Meek Mill faced scrutiny during his high-
ly-publicised rap feud with Drake and relation-
ship with former girlfriend Nicki Minaj.
Some may think Mill lost in both situations, espe-
cially after Drake's Grammy-nominated diss track
Back to Back. But the Philadelphia-bred rapper
doesn't view it that way, saying there were other
pressing issues in his life he considers as losses --- from
the death of close friends to a probation violation that
landed him three months in house arrest last year.
While wearing a gold pendant in remembrance of
the late rapper and protege Lil Snupe, who was shot
Rapper Meek Mill poses during a portrait session to promote his new album Wins
& Losses, in Atlanta. AP PHOTO
dead in 2013, Mill spoke with The Associated Press
about his new album Wins & Losses, which comes
out Friday. He also touches on empowering young
black youth, Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels
being jumped during the BET Awards weekend and
his aspirations of doing film.
AP: What compelled you to name your album
Wins and Losses?
Mill: Everybody saying that I'm losing and I lost.
I lost my case. I lost my friends to the streets. Those
things really meant something to me. I started off
in the basement on a karaoke machine. Now I'm in
million-dollar studios, making a lot of money be-
ing able to feed my family and take them out a crazy
environment, still being able to wake up on my own
time and do things how I want to do it. That's my
definition of winning. I determine my definition of
losing on this album.
Your single Young Black America has a polit-
ically-charged tone. What do you want people
to take away from it?
It's an eye-opener for the young people for my cul-
ture. It's to help them open their eyes and see what
they are really dealing with in real reality. A lot of rap
isn't based off reality most of the time. Sometimes it's
ignorant. ... I just wanted to give young people in our
culture an understanding of what's going on. In one
video, we got young kids with guns with KKK masks
on, basically saying we killing our own.
What run-ins have you experienced with the
law that youngsters can relate to?
I was 18 and got beat up by a cop and almost killed
by cops. I was just a statistic coming up. The cops are
in a dangerous neighbourhood thinking everybody
else in the neighbourhood is dangerous or everybody
in the hood is killers. They caught me and treated
me like I was a killer. I don't think that's really right.
The cop gave me a 100 charges with trying to kill a
cop. I don't want to kill a cop. They basically put me
on probation for the rest of my life from that point
on when I was 18. I'm 30 now and still on probation.
I've been to jail three times from that one stint of
probation. Any mistake you make, you'll be put in
prison. Your freedom can be took.
Your relationship with Minaj and beef with
Drake really put a spotlight on you. How did you
take to the criticism?
I'll look at the internet and see comments like,
'Meek got Nicki money.' You can't know nothing about
Meek Mill if you saying something like that. They be
like 'Meek Mill can't rap.'... 'Somebody wrote Meek
. ... I came up on YouTube rapping since I
was 14 years old. That's my importance to the streets.
They seen me come up. My story is not a facade.
Did you have anything to do with Safaree be-
I don't know nothing about him getting jumped
on. I pulled up and actually seen him getting into an
altercation. You can look at my face and see that I was
surprised. Me and my friends had a party at that spot
that night, so that's somewhere we were supposed
to be going. I don't communicate with him. I don't
know him. I don't even want to base those guys in
Does your short film, Wins & Losses: The
Movie make you want to get more involved in
I want to do something that expresses the things
we go through. The things we feel. I have a lot of older
white friends who don't understand our culture. They
might see ignorant or wild things and don't under-
stand why it's going on. But I might have to break
it down like, 'Yo, this guy is on drugs for 15 years.' I
believe I can express things through film. (AP)
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