Album of the Week: Meek Mill 'Dreams Worth More Than Money'
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:38:18
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Philadelphia rapper emerges as hip-hop royalty on long-awaited second full-length album...
It feels like hip-hop has just been waiting for this to happen. Meek Mill's second full-length studio album, Dreams Worth More Than Money [Maybach Music Group, Atlantic Records, Dream Chasers Records] is the powerhouse the Philadelphia spitter has been hinting at making since 2012's highly underrated Dreams and Nightmares [The new record also just debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, mind you].
Since the last full-length, Meek's been everywhere from high-profile features to all kinds of press. The whole time it was like this kind of bombastic, brilliant, and big body of work was just in the wings primed to elevate him to the status of hip-hop royalty. Dreams Worth More Than Money does just that. From the moment the ominous choir in the background of "Lord Knows" resounds, Meek bursts out of the gate with an equally deadly and divine flow. The bars are succinct and sharp, and the opening track comes off like a musical coronation.
Meanwhile, the swaggering piano of "Classic" leaves up to its title. Swizz Beats makes a cameo, heightening the refined energy as Meek delivers verses after verse of vibrant, visceral intensity and funny lines like, "Uber to send your b**** home." One of the standouts is "Jump Out The Face" where Future brings the warbled, wondrous Atlanta funk to an airy and elegantly entrancing banger, matching up with Meek seamlessly. Drake turns up for "R.I.C.O.", joining the album's architect and star for one of the year's biggest and best collaborations. "We might just get with the R.I.C.O." is a phrase you'll be hearing for a long time to come.
Watch the Music Video for "Jump Out The Face" from Meek Mill: