The album was originally set for release earlier this year, but a brief stint behind bars over a parole violation pushed back those efforts. Nevertheless, Meek seemed to have used the time he spent in the prison bing (segregated housing unit) to reflect on life. When he was released, he was equipped with a new relationship and new perspective on life. What we didn’t know is what he would sound like.
Often, fans will get the impression that jail is like grad school for rappers. That’s not the case. Jail did nothing for the development of Shyne or Lil Boosie when it came to skills. It did even less for album sales.
Meek did serve up some appetizers for fans (Monster, B-Boy) while he waited to get the final word on his album.
Would we get the same level of quality that we heard on those tracks on a full disc? After giving DWMTM a listen, the answer is yes.
The album kicks off with the triumphant, “Lord Knows”. Tory Lanez steps from behind the boards to help Meek set off the album properly. From there, Meek takes over, dropping poignant lines about his move from the streets to the boardroom.
“Classic” featuring Swizz Beatz gives Meek the lane to show off the lyrical prowess that we have grown familiar with since his Flamerz mixtapes. Backed by eerie piano keys and an erratic drum pattern provided by Bangledesh, Meek spits over 2 minutes. Swizz chimes in with a few bars himself, but “Classic” is more of a platform for Meek to show that he can still spit it with the best of them.
Since it was announced that he was in fact dating fellow rap star Nicki Minaj, fans have been waiting for a collaboration from the two. After appearing twice on her Pink Print album, Nicki returns the favor for her boo. Minaj appears on two tracks on the album. Nicki links with Chris Brown for “All Eyes On Me” and later she shows up on “Bad For Me”.
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