Meek Mill sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt for his first interview just 18 hours after his release from prison back on April 24th. The Dateline story titled Dreams and Nightmares: The Meek Mill Story aired in its entirety on the Philly native’s birthday last night (May 6th).

The interview contains a phone interview from when the rapper was still in prison as well as footage from his first extensive discussion outside the confines of the Chester, PA institution. He detailed his warm welcome from his community, explaining he was picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin and got to ring the Liberty Bell just hours later at Game 5 of the Sixers-Heat game.

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The 31-year-old admits he struggles with actually feeling free while still out on bail. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. [I’m] 30 now,” he says. “Me, I just pray. I believe God is my first lawyer — I’ve always believed that. I don’t feel free at all.” He plans to use his platform to hep other minorities in his situation.

Catch Dreams and Nightmares: The Meek Mill Story in full over at NBC.

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