Move over Rocky, the new pride of Philly is Meek Mill. He takes pride in his city, and explained to XXL how three major hip hop influences helped him make it to the next step.

Meek says the LOX (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch), helped him pick up the skills to survive the South Philly streets.

“My dad was dead since I was five, so I tell Kiss, Styles, all them guys – I was out in the streets at a young age with no guidance, and so I was listening to Kiss and them, and some people say them guys say a lot of bad things or whatever, but them guys can teach you how to stay alive.”

Meek references a Jadakiss verse to back-up his statement:

“Them n------ that you went to school with, Will catch you while you in your new whip. And turn your brains to Cool Whip.”

Check out the full interview:

Meek’s first solo album “Dreams And Nightmares” is set to be released on October 30th.