20 of the Best Meek Mill Songs
Philly rapper Meek Mill has been bringing the flames since the early days of his career. Despite having a bittersweet 2015, which involved a beef with Drake and a No. 1 album with Dreams Worth More Than Money, Meek has managed to stay on top of his game and put the distractions to the side to focus on his music and his boo, Nicki Minaj.
Before becoming the rap star he is now, Meek formed a group called the Bloodhoundz. He released four mixtapes with the collective, which lead to quite a buzz in the local Philly area. But solo stardom was the end goal, as he dropped the Flamers 2: Hottest in Tha City mixtape in 2008. The project spawned the regional hits "I'm So Fly" and "Prolli" and its overall success ended in Meek signing a brief deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. Teaming up with Tip allowed him to get more recognition for his talents.
In 2011, Meek went a different route and signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group label and later that year, went on to grace the cover of the XXL 2011 Freshmen Class. Following his incredible 2011, the rhymer continued his momentum by releasing his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, in October 2012, under MMG and Warner Bros. Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album helped solidify Meek as one of the hottest new rap stars of today's generation.
Following the success of his debut album, Meek would go on to release the third installment of his Dreamchasers series. After facing legal issues in 2014, and spending much of that year in jail, he returned to the music scene in a major way in 2015. Along with dating the gorgeous Minaj, dropping Dreams Worth More Than Money -- a project that earned him his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- and grabbing headlines for beef and more, Meek hasn't left the conversation.
With his incredible success and his impact on the game in such a short time, XXL decided to round up the top songs in the rapper's catalog. Check out 20 Best Meek Mill Songs.
After teaming up with Rick Ross on the single “Tupac Back,” Meek Mill and Rozay partnered up again for the release of the hard-hitting single “Ima Boss.” Off the MMG compilation, Self made, Vol. 1, this track proved that the Philly spitter was in for the long run and quickly became a hit in the streets with the single getting some mainstream love as well.
“Monster” was one of the cuts Meek Mill released in the early part of 2015, after serving a five-month sentence. The thunderous beat by producer Jahlil Beats and Meek’s energized and ferocious flow allowed for this single to be a great warm up for the release of Meek’s sophomore project and showcased once again why he and Jahlil Beats have the perfect chemistry.
"Dreams and Nightmares" goes down in history as one of the best intros of all time. Even Meek's nemesis, Drake, complimented the Philly spitter for his menacing intro on the MMG/Warner Bros. debut project, calling the record, "One of the best rap moments of our generation..." Still a banger every time you hear the record, Meek's "Dreams and Nightmares" is a timeless track that will live on in hip-hop history.
Used as the intro track for Meek's sophomore project, "Lord Knows" quickly became one of the standout tracks from his Dreams Worth More Than Money LP. With the assistance of Tory Lanez on the chorus and its message about survival, the song was later utilized as the lead single for the Creed soundtrack, making it a perfect fit for the project.
“Levels” became the track that set the tine for MMG’s third compilation album, Self Made Vol. 3. The Cardo-produced banger featured a high-energy Meek dishing out verses about the different levels in life. From the women to the jewelry and money, Meek made sure to remind all the haters that there are levels to the rap game.
“Amen” was the first time Meek Mill and his now nemesis, Drake, teamed up for a collab record. The single, which appeared on the Philly rapper’s debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard 200 chart. With Jeremih in charge of the chorus duties, the single quickly became one of the standout records of Meek’s album and helped introduce his ability to collaborate with other artists.
Serving as the third single from Meek Mill’s debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, the co-produced Jahlil Beats & 808 Mafia track saw Meek partner up with Houston rapper Kirko Bangz. With Kirko in charge of the chorus, Meek brought his signature high pitch flow to the contagious tune. The song even reached No. 86 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Becoming one of the standout records of Meek's sophomore album, "R.I.C.O." featured a guest verse from Drake and production from Vinylz, Allen Ritter and Cubeatz. Although the song became a fan-favorite, the record is the reason why the beef between Meek and Drizzy started. With Meek accusing Drake of using a ghost writer for his verse off "R.I.C.O.," the accusations led both MCs to drop diss records towards each other throughout the course of summer 2015.
Off the DJ Drama-hosted mixtape, Flamerz 3, "Rose Red" was the track that caused many people to check for Meek. Produced by his friend and frequent collaborator, Jahlil Beats, the record spawned several rappers to do their own versions with an official remix featuring Rick Ross, Vado and T.I.
Serving as the first single off the Dreamchasers mixtape, “House Party” finds Meek Mill teaming up with fellow Philly native and State Property member Young Chris. The record, produced by the Beat Bully, features a rapid-flowing Meek with a cool, calm and collected Young Chris exchanging bars about the party life.
When you're rapping about Tupac, most rap heads are going to pay attention. Meek got many fan's attention with the Rick Ross-assisted, “Tupac Back,” a record that served as an homage to the late and great Tupac Shakur. The track showcased Meek's ability to stand toe-to-toe with the biggest Bawse in the game and appeared as the first single off the Self Made Vol. 1 project.
A highlight track from Meek Mill’s 2010 mixtape, Mr. Philadelphia, “Banned From TV” features a hungry and starving rhymer rapping about his hustling ways and his come-up from the hood. The song sits high among Meek’s best tracks of all time and is considered a deep cut that all of his fans should have in their favorite playlist.
Meek Mill dedicated the "Lil Nigga Snupe" track to his slain protege, Lil Snupe, a cut that was featured on the Philly spitter's Dreamchasers 3 mixtape. Produced by Boi-1da and the Maven Boys, the record is without a doubt one of the most heartfelt tracks Meek has ever recorded. You can feel Meek's pain in the powerful song.
Another throwback classic from Meek Mill is without a doubt the hard-hitting "In My Bag." From the crazy flow to his lyrics, the track just screams Philly vibes and showcases how comfortable a young Meek was on the mic.
On the first part of Meek Mill's "Tony Story," the Philly spitter showed off his incredible storytelling skills. With a clever rhyming scheme and an amazing flow, Meek's talent and pen skills are brilliant and showcase his versatility as a rapper.
Produced by TM88, Meek was joined by Fabolous and French Montana on the single "Racked Up Shawty," off Dreamchasers 2. With stellar verses from Fab and French, Meek Mill holds his own on the track as all three MCs spit braggadocios bars over the bass-heavy production.
One of the first Meek Mill songs to get the attention of local Philly hip-hop heads was the Jahlil Beats-produced "Hottest in Tha City." The single, which dropped in 2009, was featured on Meek's DJ Drama-hosted mixtape, Flamers 2.
On the heartfelt, "Use to Be," Meek Mill speaks the truth about the hard struggles and circumstances in his native Philadelphia. The MC touches on growing up with no father in a single-parent household while dealing with the world around him. Featuring singer Jordanne on the hook, the song was one of the highlights on the Dreamchasers 2 mixtape.
Teaming up with his significant other, Nicki Minaj and R&B sensation Chris Brown, Meek released the love-inspired track, "All Eyes On You." Off his Dreams Worth More Than Money album, the single became one of Meek's biggest records to date, with the steamy video reaching over 146,000,000 views.
For the track, "It's Me (I Be On That)," off Dreamchasers 3, Meek recruited Nicki Minaj, Fabolous and French Montana for the braggadocios cut. The bass-booming record features all four high-profile rappers exchanging bars about the good life and their money.