Meek Mill is the star of XXL‘s fall 2018 issue. The Philadelphia MC graces two covers, where he’s quoted “I want to be the voice of the hip-hop generation.” For the cover story, the 31-year-old Dreamchaser writes a letter to his 19-year-old self. In it, the matured Meek Mill spits game to the young rebellious teenager about perseverance, race in America and recognizing his power. Get the fall issue when it hits newsstands on October 16.

“My question to you, Meek, is: Are you willing to travel those rocky roads towards your throne? Most importantly: Are you sure you want this responsibility?” he writes. “Like our old heads used to say, ‘Heavy is the head that wears the crown.’ It’s free to dream but nothing is more expensive than achieving them. I repeat: Nothing is more expensive than achieving your dreams. Trust, you will get yours.

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I’ll be honest—same as African-Americans in this country—things are about to get both easier and more difficult for you. Over the next decade, you and your people will make major moves—you, professionally and Black people, politically. We’ll all begin to realize that our culture is our most valuable product. Unfortunately, on the streets, not much will change. In 2018, Black lives won’t matter much more than they do in 2006. You saw what happened last year with Hurricane Katrina. You saw how the administration didn’t care whether we drowned or ended up homeless. We could have a Black president and they’d still disrespect them like they were just another nigga. And just like it will cost you to claim your power, the same goes for our race. For upping our stock in this country, we will pay like a muthafucka.

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