[Album Review] Meek Mill “Dreams & Nightmares” by Eddie McDonald
By Eddie McDonald (@KingEdward15)
Meek Mill released his highly anticipated debut album, ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ last week and it lived up to the hype. Some people might disagree, but they don’t realize mixtape rappers have a different delivery style when it comes to making an album.
After getting noticed from his mixtape series “Flamers” and “Dream Chasers,” the Philly MC delivered in grand fashion with his first studio album. The cover, which is a handcuff connected to a gold Rolex watch, is very attention grabbing and lets listeners know what to expect from this album.
The opening self titled song “Dreams and Nightmares” starts off subtle, with Meek rapping over a soothing piano beat. He then takes the song to a new level with a more aggressive beat and flow
midway through the song. In this song he is expressing how many people didn’t believe in him and how they didn’t believe he was buying all the cars he talks about.
The album’s next song, “In God We Trust”, expresses his love for money. People do not like this, but I don’t see what the problem is. If you truly love something, especially as much as he loves money, why not express it? If you love something that much, don’t hold it in and don’t be afraid to show it. That is exactly what Meek does in this song. He talks about seeing “young n****s cry and young n****s fold, and young n****s die cause a young n***a told, for the love of the money.”
The third song of the album is the album’s first club banger when Meek teams up with Kirko Bangz for “Young and Gettin’ It.” After that song is when I believe Meek spits one of the most emotional/realest verses I have ever heard.
The song is called “Traumatized” and he goes through how he has seen death all around him for his entire life. The realest verse comes about 40 seconds into the track, when he addressed the man who killed his father when Meek was only three years old.
“When I find the n***a that killed my daddy know I’ma ride. Hope you hear me, I’ma kill you n***a To let you know that I don’t feel you n***a. Yeah, you ripped my family apart and made my momma cry So when I see you n***a it’s gon’ be a homicide Cause I was only a toddler, you left me traumatized You made me man of the house and it was grindin’ time So I’ma let this flame hit you just to let this pain hit you And for all them cloudy days I’ma let this rain hit you n***a.”
The emotion and anger he spits on that track is incredible. To have something like that happen
to him at such a young age only for him to overcome all of that and turn into one of the better rappers
of today. Some people think this is just another set of lyrics that most rap artists spit these days, but I
truly believe he means 100 percent of what he says in the verse.
The MMG rapper teams up with his MMG boss, Rick Ross, on three different songs on the album. The first one is entitled “Believe It.” The next Ross-assisted track is “Maybach Curtains,” which
also features the likes of hip-hop legend Nas, and R&B legend, John Legend. The final track with the Bawse is “Lay Up,” a song aimed at the ladies. On that track, Meek is assisted by fellow MMG rapper, Wale, and Trey Songz.
Meek also teams up with the likes of Drake (“Amen”), Mary J. Blige (“Who Your Around”), Big Sean (“Burn”), and 2 Chainz (“Freak Show”). On the track with Drake, the two artists talk about what most every rapper talks about: money and women. The track which Mary J. is on, talks about how the people closest to you want to see your downfall once you start making a name for yourself.
“Tony Story, Pt. 2” is a follow up track from “Tony Story, Pt. 1” which was off “Dreamchasers,” follows suit of the original. He talks about the stories of what he saw while growing up in Philadelphia. A very moving story he is telling on this track.
After all the hype and anticipation surrounding Meek Mill and his debut album, he delivered. There is a great story being told throughout the entire album. There are deep songs and club banging
songs, something that is key for most albums these days. If you are a fan of Meek Mill, you were not disappointed with his first studio album.