Meek Mill does some soul searching on the inspirational “From Da Bottom,” the first leak off his mixtape Dreamchasers 3. The Maybach Music MC reflects on his rags-to-riches story, his haters, and his family.
“They screamin’ be humble, boy be humble, but ain’t nobody say that when my stomach used to rumble,” he raps, while his Dreamchasers Records signee Guordan sings the hook.
The former felon assures himself that he won’t be going back to where he started. “We ain’t never going back to da bottom,” promises Meek.
Juelz Santana goes hard (pause) on his new joint “Soft” featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Fabolous. The Diplomat talks a big game on his heavy-hitting verse (“I’m Russell Simmons, you JoJo”), while Rozay provides the hook, describing the softness of his Louis shoes, car seats, and his girl. Juelz’ mixtape God Will’n drops January 14.
Ace Hood toasts to his success on “It’s Going Down,” his celebratory anthem featuring Meek Mill. The Florida rapper reflects on his rags-to-riches journey, while the MMG MC goes into beast mode on his verse. The track, produced by Lee on the Beats (“Pop That”), will appear on Ace’s mixtape Starvation 2, dropping Thursday.
Cassidy sprays “R.A.I.D.” on his rival Meek Mill with his second diss track. The 10-minute song, whose title is an acronym for “Robert Ass Is Dead,” is a response to Meek’s diss “Repo,” which he released over the holidays in response to Cassidy’s original diss “Me, Myself, & iPhone.”
Cassidy claims that he taught the MMG MC to write his rhymes. “Now you want to disrespect your teacher? Well you got a problem on your hands that you can’t deal with, bitch,” warns Cass, who adds, “Your whole career is a gimmick/ You must’ve lost your damn mind screaming all the damn time.”
Meek responded on Twitter, trashing his rhymes. “10mins of fiction ….. And a old ass flow that nobody will never play in a car! #yadone atleast ya got back on da radio #saythanks,” he wrote.
Did Cassidy exterminate Meek with “R.A.I.D.”? You be the judge.
After an intense bidding war, Kid Ink rings in the new year by announcing his deal with RCA Records. The L.A. rapper, who gained recognition with his self-released mixtape Rocketshipshawty and independent album Up & Away, celebrates by dropping his debut single “Bad Ass” featuring Wale and Meek Mill. A snippet of the Devin Cruise-produced banger appeared on his tape.
“We achieved so much last year independently but we just felt it was time to team up with a major in 2013 to take it to the next level, and RCA is as excited as we are about the vision and possibilities,” said Kid Ink.
He is currently in the studio recording his Tha Alumni Music Group/RCA Records debut. Toast the “man of the hour” below.
Meek Mill has become one of hip-hop’s biggest success stories of 2012, and he’s riding the high into the new year. Fresh off the stage at Power 106’s Cali Christmas, Rap-Up TV spoke with the Maybach Music MC about his incredible year, his favorite albums of 2012, what he thinks of hip-hop sensation Trinidad James, and getting acknowledged by his peers including T.I.
“We come from real places and the things I’m rapping about he probably can seriously relate to. That’s my homie,” said Meek, who collaborated with Tip on “G Season” off Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.
The Philly native revealed his favorite albums of 2012, which include Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and 2 Chainz’ Based on a T.R.U. Story.
Trinidad James also received his stamp of approval. “He spittin’ that fire right now. He’s shinin’, he’s livin’, he’s buzzin’ fast. He’s doing his thing,” said Meek of the “All Gold Everything” hitmaker.
While Dreams and Nightmares is still burning up the airwaves, Meek is already at work on his second album. And will there be a Self Made, Vol. 3 compilation? Find out what he had to say.