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Meek Mill Compares 'Squid Game' to 'Hood Poverty': 'It's the Exact Same Thing'

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Meek Mill has been paying close attention to Netflix's viral new series Squid Game, and the rapper recently shared his analysis of it.

Squid Game, which is on track to become the streamer's most-watched series ever, features 456 contestants with impoverished backgrounds competing in children's games with deadly stakes and a massive cash prize on the table. While the survival drama show touches on the class disparity in South Korea, Mill believes it also illustrates the same social issues in America.

"Squid games' pay attention how fast people switch and kill eachother to survive ...now think about the 'hood' poverty ...it’s the exact same thing," he tweeted. "If you just help them with work/money they won’t be that way 'just a common sense message.'"

Mill opens up about the struggles he experienced coming up in his Philadelphia 'hood on his latest studio album Expensive Pain, which he released Oct. 1 via Atlantic Records and Maybach Music Group. It debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

In the title track's accompanying music video, Mill flashes back to a time when he was hustling and trying to make it as a wealthy artist who could provide for himself and his family. "It's easy to pull the trigger, but it ain't easy to pull your mom out the 'hood. That's a real man's job," he says in a voice-over recording.