By Will Robinson
July 29, 2015 at 07:49 PM EDT
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Rapper Meek Mill is outspoken about many things, but in a new interview with Billboard, he admits making a political statement isn’t something that’s particularly easy for him to do.

“I’m scared to be political,” he told the magazine in an interview released Wednesday. “You get too powerful and more people try to take you out. My son ain’t trying to hear that his dad got put away because he was fighting for the country.”

Mill, originally from Philly, also spoke about his 2008 arrest. At the time he was 18 years old and was convicted of gun and drug charges, spending a year in prison. “[The police] beat the sh-t out of me,” he alleged to Billboard. “[I had] a concussion, stitches, braids ripped out. My blood was on the ceiling, on the floor.” In 2014, he was jailed for five months for violating his probation by doing out-of-state performances.

Read Mill’s full interview at Billboard, where he talks about his relationship with girlfriend Nicki Minaj, and an argument the pair had over their “All Eyes on You” collaboration featured on the former’s new album, Dreams Worth More Than Money.

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