Through music, reportage, and social media, Meek Mill’s battle with the so-called justice system has been thoroughly documented. However, his five-part docuseries, Free Meek, debuting August 9th on Amazon Prime Video, happens to offer a more panoramic view of the 32 year-old’s journey in life.

Like a satisfying screen-adaptation of a novel, all the scenes you’d expect to appear in the series are there: the infamous wheelie on Dyckman, the bizarre Boyz II Men remix request from Judge Genece Brinkley, as well as the triumphant helicopter ride from prison to the 76ers’ sideline. But what viewers may be surprised to see (in reenacted detail, no less) is the murder of Meek’s father, the indignity of poverty, and the vulnerability of batttle rapping. After a swift and single binge, the biggest takeaway from the series is clear: for Meek Mill, the concept of hardship not only predates his 2007 arrest, it ultimately informed the way he coped with and rationalized the injustice he suffered while waiting to see his conviction overturned.