Album Review: Meek Mill “Dreams Worth More Than Money” by Blade Brown
Artist: Meek Mill
Album: “Dreams Worth More Than Money”
The wait is over! After several setbacks and delays, the long-awaited sophomore album from MMG artist Meek Mill is finally here. Initially set to arrive in September of 2014, the album was delayed after Meek was sentenced to 3-6 months in jail for probation violation.
Since his release from jail, Meek has made more headlines for his relationship with Nicki Minaj than his actual music. In the last month though, we’ve seen a barrage of music come out that suggested that an album release was on the horizon. A promo single “Check” was put out at the beginning of June, with the MMG rapper claiming it’s almost “Meek Season“. Fresh off of his BET Awards performance of his new single “All Eyes On You“, Meek Mill delivered his new 14 song LP.
The album hits the ground running with “Lord Knows” which will likely be a fan favorite off the album, and well deserved. The Swizz Beatz and Jeremih assisted “Classic” is far from what the title insinuates. While Meek’s flow is fine, the hook is flight out terrible, and its easily one of the weaker beats from Bangladesh. However the Future assisted “Jump Out The Face” is exactly what you expect a track featuring the two energetic artist to sound like. I’m certain a video for this track will be made. Next is the mentioned lead single which features Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. A major improvement from the lead single he put out last year, “I Don’t Know“. That single never picked up steam, while this one is a sure-fire hit on urban radio. “The Trillest” is one of the best songs he’s ever made. He goes all in on the record, not wasting a second of the beat. However after the banger “R.I.C.O.” which features frequent collaborator Drake, the album takes a dip, and never fully recovers.
“I Got The Juice” is a typical Meek Mill song. Its not a bad song, just what you’d expect from him. He channels his inner Tupac on “Ambitionz“. While he does sound passionate in his verses, again it seems like a typical Meek Mill song that could have been on a mixtape. The Weeknd, who is one of my favorite r&b artist, seems to have just wasted his talent on “Pulling Up”. Unlike his mentor Rick Ross who made a great record with him on their “In Vein” collaboration, Meek reduces him to a redundant chorus and again, typical Meek Mill subject matter. Speaking of Rick Ross, his collaboration “I Been That” tries to bring the album back to life. The song oozes with swagger and the beat is sure to have car trunks rattling throughout the summer. Nicki Minaj again pops up on the song “Bad For You” which is a nice change of pace for the album. It has a mellow vibe, which works when you’re getting yelled during the prior eleven songs. Unfortunately, there is two more songs to go after this song, neither of which are really good. While “Cold Hearted” isn’t that bad, hearing Diddy interrupt the song for nearly two minutes throws the mood completely off.
The biggest issue with the album is lack of growth. With the exception of “Lord Knows” & “The Trillest“, he doesn’t sound like he’s evolved at all since his 2012 debut. Most of the hooks are repetitive and uninspired, and its the same street talk and the same formula. Although I will say he hasn’t made a bad collaboration with Nicki Minaj yet. Maybe the two should consider a joint project together. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
End of the day, this is a decent album. It’s not terrible, but compared to the far more superior albums that have been released this year(including his MMG counterpart Wale’s “Album About Nothing“), it’s definitely near the bottom of the barrel. And with a half of year left in what has shockingly been a great year for rap, I’m positive “Meek Season” will be a relatively short stay.
Top 5 Songs:
“Jump Out The Face”
“I Been That”