Not only is Meek Mill a chart-topping rapper and business mogul, he’s also a dad. In honor of Father’s Day, the Philly rapper, who has a three-year-old son named Murad aka Papi, has penned a heartfelt letter for TIME. The 28-year-old discusses how his success and wealth have allowed him to provide for his son, who inspires him to work hard every day.
“As a father, now I get to give my son the life I never had. Being able to give him anything he wants is one of the best feelings in the world—but it’s also scary,” writes Meek. “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.”
When he’s not on tour or in the studio, he shares his favorite hobby with his son. “After spending time away from him, one of my favorite things to do is get on my four wheeler with my little man in tow,” he says. “Picture us riding around my neighborhood waving at all my neighbors. My son is fearless on his bike.”
Meek was young when his father was killed, so he had to provide for his family. “I never had a strong male figure in my life. 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.”
While he misses his dad, it has made him a better father. “I still miss my dad, and I always will. 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 also salutes the single mothers who have to fill both roles. “They don’t get the credit they deserve. There’s not enough ways to really say thank you, but we celebrate them, too, for all they do.”