Bust out the tissues. Meek Mill has us wiping away our tears this morning with a deeply moving essay he penned for Time about fatherhood. The Philly MC commemorates Father's Day by writing about how growing up without a dad motivates him to raise his own son right.
“As a father, now I get to give my son the life I never had,” Mill writes. “I love my son with all my heart, and I would do anything for him. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that I will help him become a great man.”
The rapper pontificates that his own father's tragic death by gunshot when he was 5, which he rapped about in his 2012 track "Traumatized," makes Father's Day bittersweet. “I never had a strong male figure in my life,” he says. “I didn’t have that person to teach me things fathers teach their sons because my father was killed when I was young. It was just me, my mom, and my sister, so I had to be the man of the house. When I was younger, I remember being able to speak to my father and then in the blink of an eye, he was gone.
“My mom played the role of both mom and dad,” he adds. “We had nothing growing up, so my mom worked any job she could find to provide for me and my sister. I love her so much for that. But as much as I appreciated everything my mother did for me, she couldn’t fill the space that a father should hold in a child’s life.”
He concludes that it's the dad-shaped hole in his life that makes him pause and value the time he has with his own son. “Growing up without a father made me realize just how special time is with my son and how much of an impact I can have on his life,” he writes.
After spending much of last year behind bars, we're sure Meek is holding his son especially close this year on Father's Day.
Read the entire letter here.
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