If he let somebody else do it it won't mean nothin'
He wanna' see him bleedin', he wanna see him gaspin'
Wanna' watch him die slow, like he sufferin' from cancer"
Robert Rihmeek Williams (born May 6, 1987), better known by his stage name Meek Mill, is a Philadelphia-born rapper known for his loud, energetic delivery. He is currently signed to Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group.
Meek started rapping when he was a teenager. He put out several mixtapes, eventually attracting the attention of T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. He signed with the older rapper for a brief period of time, but, unfortunately, their respective legal troubles and imprisonment make further collaboration difficult. He left the label in 2010.
A year later, Meek joined Rick Ross's record label, Maybach Music. The two had previously collaborated on on a song from Flamerz 3. He released his debut single, "Tupac Back", on Maybach's Self Made Vol. 1 compilation album. He would go on to release the Dreamchasers series of mixtapes and his first album, Dreams and Nightmares. His second album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, was released on June 29, 2015.
Like most rappers from his label, Meek's subject matter largely consists of songs about streets and clubs. What makes him stand out among them is the overall tone of his music. While he's made plenty of bragging songs, a large portion of his work—with topics ranging from watching his neighbor turn into a cocaine addict to vowing revenge against the man that killed his father—takes a realistic and gritty approach to street life. The page quote itself is taken from a song about a young gangster who killed his friend for a kilo of cocaine.
- Flamers (2008)
- Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City (2009)
- Flamers 2.5: The Preview (2009)
- Flamers 3: The Wait Is Over (2010)
- Mr. Philadelphia (2010)
- Dreamchasers (2011)
- Dreamchasers 2 (2012)
- Dreamchasers 3 (2013)
- 4/4 (2016)
- DC4 (2016)
- Dreams and Nightmares (2012)
- Dreams Worth More Than Money (2015)
- Wins and Losses (2017)
- Championships (2018)
Meek Mill provides examples of:
- Boastful Rap: A lot of his stuff. "Amen" and "Tupac Back" are particularly overblown examples.
- Blasphemous Boast: "Amen" contains lines like "Now there's a lot of bad bitches in the building (ooh, amen)", "Pull up in that Phantom, watch them bitches catch the Holy Ghost", and "She wanna fuck and I say church (preach)". Its lyrics led a pastor to call for a boycott on Meek's music.
- "Tupac Back" could be seen as a hip-hop culture version of this. It isn't blatantly disrespectful to the rapper in its title, but simply comparing themselves to him angered some people who thought Meek and Ross were far below him as artists.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster! / Being Evil Sucks: Depending on the song.
- Drugs Are Bad: Cocaine is generally portrayed negatively, at least on the side of consumption. Alcohol and marijuana occasionally get mentioned in a somewhat critical light.
- Drugs Are Good: Done with alcohol, marijuana, promethazine with codeine (lean), oxycodone (percocet), and, outside of his music, Monster Energy.
- Freestyle Version: Meek is a big fan of this. He often keeps the original name, or something very similar to it.
- Yall Dont Hear Me — Fabolous
- "No Church in the Wild" — Jay-Z and Kanye West
- "Niggas in Paris" — Jay-Z and Kanye West
- "Hard in Da Paint" — Waka Flocka Flame
- "Power" — Kanye West
- "Moment 4 Life" — Nicki Minaj
- "Roman's Revenge" — Nicki Minaj
- "Ooh Kill Em" — Beat sampled from "Forgot About Dre" by Eminem and Dr. Dre.
- "Dreams Worth More Than Money Freestyle" — Beat sampled from "Ghetto Symphony" by A$AP Rocky.
- Gangsta Rap: Types 1, 2, and 3. Examples below.
- Type 1: "Tony Story", "Traumatized", and "Hip Hop".
- Type 2: "Work" and "Ima Boss".
- Type 3: "In God We Trust", "Dreams and Nightmares", and "Chiraq".
- Glam Rap: "House Party", "Amen", and others.
- The Lancer: To Rick Ross
- Mood Whiplash: The intro track of the same name on Dreams and Nightmares starts off as a peaceful, lighthearted Glam Rap. A third of the way through, it abruptly switches to hardcore street rap, with no transition or warning of any kind. This leads into the extremely dark "In God We Trust".
- Motor Mouth: Employed impressively in his verse on "No Games (Remix)". Meek frequently expresses himself with this style.
- Mugging the Monster: Many people claim that Meek started beef with Drake because of Drakes reputation. They believed that Meek felt that because Drake had a reputation for being soft that he wasnt going to be a skilled rapper when it came to beef. Meek was proven wrong when Drake released his song Back 2 Back.
- No Honor Among Thieves: A very common element of his more introspective work.I asked God please remove my enemies
I was surprised when I lost niggas that was friends of me
- The street war in "Tony Story" and "Tony Story, Pt.2" is kicked off when a young gang-banger kills his best friend for a kilo of cocaine. The leads to retaliation from the victim's cousin, and the situation escalates from there.
- No Inside Voice: While his reputation for loudly yelling on every single track is somewhat undeserved, Meek often raps in an extremely aggressive manner. This is either headache-inducing or impressive, depending on who you ask.
- Parental Abandonment: Discussed in "Love Don't Live Here". The second verse is about a teenage prostitute who was molested by her stepfather.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rick Ross is calm and collected, while Meek's delivery ranges from energetic to completely unhinged.
- Take That!: "Ooh Kill Em" to Kendrick Lamar:You do it for the nigga with the backpack
I do it for the niggas on the corner
Tryna make a meal ticket with a crack pack
- "Wanna Know" and "War Pain" is this to Drake, who he accused of hiring ghostwriters to write his songs and for not promoting his album Dreams Worth More Than Money, in which Drake was a featured artist for "R.I.C.O.", though the two have since ended their bad blood.
- The Unintelligible: Has a (somewhat overstated) reputation for this, along with having No Inside Voice.
- Trap Music: "Flamers" is full of this.