Meek Mill Is The People’s Champ
and she succeeded. Only, not in the way that she intended. His legal situation opened up a bigger dialogue for the need for change and Meek soon became the face of criminal justice reform. Now, on his first studio album since his release, Meek Mill comes for a Championship ring after facing many setbacks.
The anticipation for albums from high-profile artists always come with lofty expectations. Not necessarily from a critic perspective, but from a content perspective. Take Drake for example: following Pusha T’s scathing diss track, “The Story Of Adidon,” everyone expected the Toronto rapper to address his secret child and confirm whether the allegations were true. Meek, on the other hand,
has been a victim of the flawed criminal justice system for the entirety of his adult life, a story that is far too common among minority communities. Although Meek had been incarcerated prior, his most recent bid felt like it could’ve put his career to a screeching halt.
“It was some bullshit they got him on, but you know like, he gon’ be back even stronger man,” Boosie Badazz, who once faced the death penalty for a murder charge, predicted about Meek’s career. And it was proven true when Meek, with the help of his billionaire friends, was released from prison and immediately boarded a helicopter to head to Game 5 of the 76ers vs. Heat game in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Meek is a 31-year-old man now, and he has clearly taken on the position of a rap elder. A role that basically was thrust upon him given his circumstances, to be sure. He is up for the challenge that comes with such a position, though, as he shares gems of wisdom he’s received through real-life experience as well as older homies– which for Meek means Jay-Z and Rick Ross– both of whom stood by his side throughout his incarceration, while serving as mentors during his career. The two OG’s featured on one of the most important songs on the album,
“What’s Free” which focuses on addressing the justice system, giving back to the community and systemic racism.
“Two fifty a show and they still think I’m selling crack/ When you bring my name up to the judge, just tell ‘em facts/ Tell him how we fundin’ all these kids to go to college/ Tell him how we ceasin’ all these wars, stoppin’ violence/ Tryna fix the system and the way that they designed it,”
Meek passionately spits on his collaboration with Ross and Hov.