Philly’s own Meek Mill back with his third album. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two years, you would know that Meek has been in the news for a couple of reasons. Whether it would be the Drake controversy that he had, or the fact that Meek dated and broke up with Nicki Minaj. His name has been circling for quite some time and he has been known for “taking L’s”. Yes, I would agree the battle with Drake he lost, I guess. I don’t really care about that anymore, I know that Meek is still making some good music. Although I didn’t care for his last album “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, I did like his newest mixtape “DreamChasers 4”. He sounded more hungry and aggressive and there was a little less Nicki Minaj on that project. Besides that one track “Froze” where she gave, in my opinion, the worst verse of the year. Now that all of that is behind him, I have been curious as to what this album is about. Is he going to talk about all of the stuff that his been circled around him the past two years, or is he still going in on what he always talks about.
What I got from this album was basically a mix of both. He was still talking about his life in the streets and the lifestyle he lives now, while bringing up some of those things he had went through. He brought up the Nicki Minaj relationship on only two tracks: “Heavy Heart” and “1942 Flows”. He didn’t directly say her name on “Heavy Heart”, however he did on the track “1942 Flows”. I like the way he went at the situation, basically saying that he really doesn’t want to talk about that whole thing anymore and it’s behind him. Which is what I like to hear, because I really don’t think I want to hear an entire album about him upset about the whole Nicki relationship. With the whole Drake situation, he doesn’t take back what he said about him “ghost-writing” his raps. However, in some interviews he went too he admitted he should have handled that situation differently because of the drugs he was doing like lean and pills.
Okay, now that we got that out the way, this album is pretty good. There are a good amount of tracks here where Meek brings that same energy and delivery that he always did like “Fuck That Check Up”, “Wins & Losses”, “Glow Up”, etc. For the most part, I like when he is doing those type of tracks. Here is the problem I always have with Meek; it gets old hearing those same type of tracks, especially when it is an 17 track album. When it comes to tracks like “Connect the Dots”, “Never Lose” and “Ball Player” it just gets boring to me at some point. However, there are a decent amount of tracks on here where he is changing up his style.
On the track “Whatever You Need”, Meek does a very good job on staying to the point of this track and Ty Dolla Sign and Chris Brown do a very good job as well. I love “1942 Flows” because Meek is just spitting for a good five minutes and not taking his energy level up so high to where it sounds like he is yelling. The track “Issues”, is my favorite track off this entire album. You can literally sense some type of pain that Meek is going through and he actually sounds awesome on the chorus. He raps about him having trust issues and things he dealt with in the past that have always been a bother to him. I also like the track “Young Black America” which is his most political track yet. He talks about how tough it is to be a young African-American man in this country when growing up in the streets. He feels that a lot of kids that grow up in the hood don’t have much of a chance in life and he suggests to those same kids to stay away from the streets. He also has the track “Fall Thru” which is a very catchy track about being with this girl and showing off his lifestyle and wanting to be with her. This could be a radio hit at some point; my only issue is in the chorus there is this one bar “You went through my ups and downs like a camel”. I mean… come on Meek you’re better than that.
The thing for me with this Meek album is it very long, which means there will be tracks on here that are basically throw-away tracks. For example, I could have done without “We Ball”, “These Scars”, “Ball Player”, “Made It From Nothing”, and “Open”. Those tracks aren’t terrible, but they don’t do anything for me. That track “Open” however is something I really did not want to hear. I do not care how “open” your girl is when you’re having sex. Okay Meek? I just simply don’t care! It could be considered samey throughout the album, but the good thing is there was only one bad track on here for me. Even some of the songs I considered boring, I ended up liking because Meek Mill is making it at least a little interesting with his lyrics and delivery.
I liked the production on this album, it fits Meek Mill really well. This is also the best I have heard Meek spit in a very long time as well. Besides that one line I mentioned before, he seemed as hungry as ever on a lot of these tracks. His flow was nice and his delivery of course is at Meek Mill status. I like when he is going so hard that he seems to be screaming, well sometimes anyway. The features on here are definitely hit-or-miss. I liked Lil Uzi Vert’s part a lot on “Fuck That Check Up” he basically stuck to the point while not giving a trash verse. Was actually kind of impressed. I also liked Young Thug on “We Ball”, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the song. Then there is Yo Gotti on the track “Connect the Dots” which I really didn’t like at all. It seemed as if he didn’t fit in the track whatsoever. And I have definitely said this before and I will say it again; for the love of God, please stop putting Quavo in for a feature. You guys are really killing him for me. Give the man a break and give Offset or Takeoff a feature. At least it is different.
Overall for Meek Mill, it was a pretty good album. I got a lot of those bangers that I like, along with some other tracks that I wouldn’t expect from him. Basically my main complaint was that it is definitely a bit too long, he could have cut this down to about 13 tracks. And as always, the subject matter didn’t switch up entirely too much. For me though, it’s a back-and-forth battle with me on the subject matter. On one hand I didn’t want him discussing the Nicki Minaj relationship or the Drake beef this entire album. On the other hand I didn’t want to hear him rap about his Patek rollie or him going from Ramen Noodles to lobster anymore either. At the end of the day, I enjoyed Meek Mill giving us bars and that energy he always does while also enjoying the different style of tracks he gave as well. Another huge plus; I didn’t have to hear from Nicki Minaj on this album. Always a good thing when that happens.