Meek Mill was expecting a big rollout for his album, but Mother Nature had other plans. The “Amen” rapper is speaking out about Hurricane Sandy’s impact on his release week.
Meek’s MMG debut Dreams and Nightmares was released to stores on Tuesday, a day after Sandy tore through the East Coast, leaving destruction in her path. Although he wanted to celebrate the long-awaited moment, his priorities quickly shifted.
“This storm has been crazy,” said the 25-year-old MC in a statement. “This is my first release, and I’m supposed to be so happy for it. But the same day my album came out, I was more worried about how my family was holding out and a tree falling on my house.”
The largest storm to hit the East Coast in almost a century shut down many stores in the Tri-State area, but Meek wasn’t concerned about the potential loss of sales. “My focus wasn’t on stores being closed,” explained the Philly native. “I had a packed house, filled with my family, making sure they were good during this storm.”
He knows his fans will go out and support the album when they’re able to. “I made a great album and it will sustain itself. Real people do real shit; my fans will buy the album when they are able to.”
Despite the grim circumstances, Dreams and Nightmares is expected to debut in the top 5 on next week’s charts with 170-200,000 copies sold based on preliminary estimates. The 14-track set includes the Drake-assisted single “Amen” and “Young & Gettin’ It” featuring Kirko Bangz, plus appearances from Rick Ross, Wale, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, and more.