Walk down the street (or scroll through your twitter timeline) and the world will have you thinking Meek Mill dropped one of the grittiest street albums Hip-Hop seen in the last 5 years.
Well, I’m going debunk those “Yeah, DWMTM is really tough” statements. I admit, I am a fan of Meek Mill, especially his early works (Dreamchasers 1 & 2). But I can’t lie that his music has gotten stale and repetitive.
There's only so many Rolex and Bentley references one can take. I know that’s what people want but I was told once to never give people too much of what they want. Then you become a predictable bore.
Diving into the lyrics deeper it plane to see that there’s really no growth in Meek’s subject matter. The whole Tony story persona is cool, but it’s been done before...by Meek himself...more than once.
Typically, there is a growth in the artist persona that is highlighted in the music in some form. Storytelling becomes crisper, new revelations are revealed, something just happens to the artist that they can put into the craft.
But it’s no growth I see on DWMTM. Stand back and ask yourself, "what is Meek saying here that he hasn’t said on DC 1-3 and Dreams and Nightmares.” The only thing Meek added to his lyrical repertoire was verses about Nicki.I support getting the girl of your dreams and all but, c'mon.
We need more.
The CD was just average from production to lyrics to cover art. “Lord Knows” was a song that got the internet buzzing, as it was the intro to the album, and we all know Meek is an intro fiend. But, to me it was very lackluster. I can’t knock the feeling that I’ve heard it before, it sound too “common”.
From the lyrics to the flow it wasn’t anything I didn’t hear Meek rapping about in 2009. I mean, you didn’t get that new Mercedes by now Meek?
I use to like Meek because I could hear the hunger and desire in his voice when he screamed his lyrics at me through my headphones. He’d get on a banging beat and talk about his pain and goals. But we already know you sold drugs. We get it, you were on the north side with your gun.
The album was mediocre; you can’t keep selling us the same dream, Meek. Future had an appearance on the tape and, of course, his is the best part of “Jump Out the Face”. I basically only listen to Future on the hook and his verse. Of course Nicki was on the album, and Drake popped up “R.I.C.O” which isn’t too much to brag about and probably isn’t their best collaboration (but it’s not like they have a long list).
One song I did really like was “The Trillest”, it was still Meek doing typical Meek but the beat was nice and his flow was one point, this particular song stood out to me. Chris Brown, Jeremih, Swizz Beatz, The Weekend, Rick Ross, and Diddy round out the feature list that’s not too overbearing for a 14 track album.
You just can’t do complete albums of the last albums. You can always revisit your go-to style on every project, just as Meek does on “The Trillest”, but make sure the newer work stands above the average and previous works so listeners aren’t left thinking “if I wanted to hear this I could’ve listen to your second mixtape.”
DWMTM biggest issue was mediocrity. It’s not going in the garbage bin but I see no reason to play this over any of the mixtapes in the Dreamchasers series. Nothing brings me back to this album. No hits. No replay value.
As far as I’m concerned this is just another lump sum of drug dealing, rollie wearing, new car buying, and gun-toting references shot into the Hip-Hop universe.Rating: 6.4/10