This week's Music Monday Mention was a tough call to make. Between Meek Mill's Dreamchasers 4 and Young Jeezy's Trap or Die 3, each delivered new and old flows that fans have long-awaited. But Meek ended up taking the cake as he's fought for a shot at redemption on DC4. The 14-track project includes features from 21 Savage, Quavo, Pusha-T, Young Thug, Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert, and Nicki Minaj amongst others. Besides lyrics on his lavish lifestyle, Meek gets gritty with painful and soulful rhymes, sure to get fans in their feelings. DC4 is the rebirth of Meek Mill and surely the beginning of his reign.
Dreamchasers 4 has been impatiently awaited, especially following the Drake and Meek beef last year.
Listeners have been teased ever since with snippets and promises that the project would be coming soon. Though zero projects made the headlines, Meek's foolish antics (incl. Drake/memes/etc.) did. While Drake didn't completely body Meek's career, he did however slow his momentum.
DC4 gave Meek a shot at redemption—to regain all that was taken. Throughout the tape, Meek sounds focused and motivated, as he delivers razor-sharp rhymes from every event in between his previous and current life. Such as friends turned foes, court cases, rap beefs, and of course living the life of luxury. Here are the take-aways from each track with the playlist to listen following.
1. "On The Regular"
As DC4's intro, the track starts off extremely cinematic with heavy and sadistic lines. By the end of the record, there's no question that Meek is back, far from dead, about to resurrect his career. The beat produced by the latest 808 Mafia signee MP 808, is bomb, creating a fire bounce making it inevitable to bob along.
2. "Blessed Up"
Perhaps one of the best tracks on the tape due to its catchy and gritty beat; and Meek's anecdotal lyrics of life in Philly leading to his current, strong-survivor-standing in the game. He touches on his multiple court cases and rap beefs he's had thus far. All leading to his gratitude for it all.
3. "Litty" feat. Tory Lanez
"Litty" is LITTY! And is sure to be a hit as it's one of those songs you cannot avoid banging your head to—thanks to duo producers Sound M.O.B (Kirko Bangz - "Drank In My Cup"). Meek and Tory both went off on the record, even with Tory name-calling Quentin Miller, the alleged ghostwriter for Drake. On the track each speak of getting litty: spending money, doing drugs, and sending shots at their haters (specifically their common rival—Drake.
Meek takes his fourth track to a deeper level to talk on his many struggles to many successes. "Shine" is definitely a motivational song, where Meek is heard (1) encouraging kids/etc. growing up with similar lifestyles to strive for greatness, (2) speaking on the fake bs in the rap game, and (3) shedding light on current police injustices. By the end of the song, there's not stopping any of us.
On his first collab with another Philly native, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek also gathers girlfriend Nicki Minaj and producer Sonny Digital to give us another potential club banger/single. With a crazy bass, an autotuned Uzi and a monstrous Nicki verse, "Froze" is definitely any icy track to be heard, all puns intended.
6. "The Difference" feat. Quavo
Meek and Quavo team up again, this time to speak on their flashy lifestyles that you shouldn't compare to others. Desiigner also is featured offering a plethora of ad-libs to another track produced by Sonny Digital, that is sure to tear the club up.
7. "Lights Out" feat. Don Q
Slower and less powerful than the rest, this track features Bronx-bred rapper on the rise, Don Q (assoc. Dave East/Fabolous). On the track, Meek and Don speak on how well their successes allow them to stunt.
8. "Blue Notes"
The track samples Snowy White's 2012 record, "Midnight Blues". Definitely giving off a Blues-Rock fusion, Meek delivers a very intimate, sad and passionate track that tugs heavily on the heart. Speaking on his previous bids and finding out about phony friends, Meek has listeners wanting to hit repeat by the end of the heartfelt record.
Meek switches gears and brings back that good ole head bobbing music. Teaming up with 21 Savage and Young Thugger, the trio speak on some pretty gritty situations with a rather animated delivery.
10. "You Know" feat. Nicki Minaj & YFN Lucci
This is definitely the coined "couple record" between Nicki and Meek, featuring a verse from Lucci. On the track, Meek and Nicki sing to each other, Meek telling her he's the best for her and Nicki singing the opposite. Lucci jumps on for a quick rap about splurging on a leading lady. Not one of his best tracks, but maybe that one to play for your S.O.
11. "Way Up" feat. Tracy T
Meek brings out fellow MMG member, Tracy T for their third collab on hustler anthem, "Way Up". The track highlights Meek's steadily rising level in the rap game and Tracy's climb as well. The track produced by Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., is definitely one for the car, forcing that bobbing for apples neck jerk.
Meek and King Push each slow it down to spit soulfully about life on the streets including ex-allies, snitches, robbing and sacrificing lives. Singer Guordan Banks, jumps on to layer a quick, yet deep and compelling hook. Meek's pain can be felt transparently, making it another track on the tape to pull at your heart strings.
13. Tony Story 3
On the 3rd part of his Tony Story series, Meek picks up with Paulie's story. Paulie was the dude who killed Tony back on Part 1 (Dreamchasers) and who killed his little brother on Part 2 (Dreams and Nightmares). Part 3 dishes on Paulie's fall after being ratted out and caught.
For the last song on the mixtape, Meek sampled the original Dreams & Nightmares intro to turn this track, originally titled "Mo Money", into the DC4 outro. "Mo Money" was set to be the highly anticipated sequel to the epic Dreams & Nightmares intro (which was replaced with "Lord Knows" on Dreams Worth More Than Money. "Outro" features an opening verse from his slain protege Lil' Snupe and a shared hook with French Montana. One of Meek's sons. Rihmeek, even jumps on the track for a bit towards the end - "What's your grandma name"?
Undoubtedly, Meek Mill is back and coming for the top spot. And with his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape, it won't be that hard of a challenge. Congrats Meek!
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