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.
DJ Khaled puts it down for the streets in the video for his hood anthem “I Did It for My Dawgs” featuring Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, and French Montana. Rozay stays posted in front of his Rolls-Royce, while a shirtless Meek spits his hot verse in the kitchen in the Spiff TV-directed clip. The song is the latest release from Khaled’s star-studded set Kiss the Ring.
There is no shortage of star power on T.I.’s album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. In addition to André 3000, Pink, and Lil Wayne, the King holds court with Meek Mill and R. Kelly on his eighth LP, due December 18.
Tip and Meek go way back. Before Rick Ross signed him to Maybach Music and he cut off his dreads, T.I. took the Philly rapper under his wing and showed him the ropes. “He was around to observe a lot and he took it and he used it to his advantage, which is extremely commendable,” says Tip, who briefly signed Meek to Grand Hustle.
They ended up recording “G Season” for Trouble Man. “‘G Season’ is basically just two cats who are cut from a different cloth, separating themselves from the suckers,” T.I. tells Rap-Up TV.
On “Can You Learn,” Tip and R. Kelly kick game to the ladies from a different perspective. “This record sounds to me like what you would expect to hear if Tupac collaborated with Nate Dogg,” he says of the DJ Monte-produced track, which was inspired by his own leading lady.
“I really feel the connection between the music and the listener, especially if the listener is a lady or a gentleman who has had a lady who stuck by him through all of the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys that life has to offer. She’s proven herself to be a rider.”
Just days after joining T.I., Lil Wayne, Future, and Ace Hood in the video for “Bitches & Bottles,” DJ Khaled rolls out a sneak peek for “I Did It for My Dawgs,” another posse cut off his album Kiss the Ring.
In the Spiff TV-directed clip, the Cash Money DJ holds it down for his homies including Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, and French Montana.
The full video will premiere later today on “106 & Park.”
Jay-Z didn’t make Meek Mill’s album because he was unhappy with his verse. But he does appear on the remix to “Lay Up,” a cut off Dreams and Nightmares, which originally featured Wale, Trey Songz, and Rozay.
Hov name checks designer brands and proclaims his greatness on his boastful verse. “Jumping off boats, hopping off another cliff/ Every six months, I think I need a new bucket list/ To whom it applies, come fuck with me/ I’m the greatest alive/ Love, I know you agree,” he raps.
Listen to a radio rip of the remix via Cosmic Kev.
Meek Mill made his late-night debut on Monday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Fresh off the No. 2 debut of his album Dreams and Nightmares, the MMG MC performed his single “Young & Gettin’ It” with some help from Kirko Bangz, The Roots, and Funkmaster Flex. Turn up.