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In the Summer Music Issue” of FADER, Meek Mill dishes on his relationship with Nicki Minaj, shoots down engagement rumors, and talks about his his father’s murder as well as his own brush with the law. More inside…

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Meek Mill. Since his release from jail (he violated his probation a while back) the Philly-native has been locked inside a studio in LA putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album Dreams Worth More Than Money, landed the cover of Fader’s Summer Issue and he’s hitting the road with girlfriend Nicki Minaj in July for her “Pinkprint Tour.”

While Meek was never a wallflower (he pals around with Rick Ross and the MMG), he’s getting a lot of “crossover” attention now that he’s hooked up with rap’s #1 chick. Obviously, the question on everyone’s lips is about the two’s relationship status. Are they engaged? In the accompanying article (which you can read in full here) he answers that question and much more. Here are the highlights:

On Nicki Minaj and that huge diamond ring he got her: “I’m not engaged. But it ain’t really time to get married yet. We’re still learning each other, feeling each other out.”

They are, though, serious enough to snap pics together for a FADER spread (above) and Meek also revealed there will be more collabos from them in the future.

On battle rapping in Philly as a kid: “I was just learning my flow. Everything was about competition…and it helped shape some us growing up. It makes you ambitious as a kid. But people was feeling me at the time. That was some raw shit, spending our last money putting a mixtape out.”

On hooking up with Rick Ross: “Ross changed my life. He changed my whole family’s lives. Ross met my grandma a lot of times. She thinks Rick Ross is her boyfriend. She’s like, ‘Where my baby at?’”

On his father’s murder affecting his choice to carry a weapon: “My dad got killed in South Philly. Ain’t nobody save him. The cops didn’t save him, and I don’t even think about the cops saving me, so I just took action to protect myself.”

On the judicial system: “When you’re telling me I’m not shit…you got to look at it from my point of view. I always wanted to say this to the judge: ‘Think about your son. If your son grew up in the neighborhood, and his father was dead, but he’s able to rise up above it all and start taking care of you, your mother, and your whole family? He’s taking responsibility.’ So when you got a white lady in a courtroom, who don’t know you from a can of paint, saying I’m not shit and I need to be put in jail? That’s offensive to me. I look at that as racism. I take that personally.”

Meek’s Issue of Fader hits stands June 30th.

Photos via Fader/Daniel Shea

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