Meek Mill Reps His City at ‘Welcome Back’ Concert in Philadelphia [VIDEO]
While a majority of your favorite rappers were performing in Austin, Texas at SXSW, rapper Meek Mill and his friends were shutting it down at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at his Puma-sponsored "Welcome Back" concert on Saturday (March 21).
After debuting his latest Puma collaboration, a red-and-black patent leather Dream Chasers sneaker at the Puma Lab at Foot Locker, the Maybach Music Group rhymer hit the stage to rep his Philly hometown. The show started at around 9:30PM with a video montage of famous Philly natives saluting Mill, including funnyman Kevin Hart, Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson and NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving, among others. Afterward, Mill, who shows hometown pride like no other, rushed the stage, sending the crowd into a frenzy with his single “Monster.”
The Philly spitfire cranked it up a notch by adding “levels to this s---” as the audience sang along with the man of the hour to his chart-topping hit, “Levels.” Although he has a slew of singles, Mill made it known that if he was going to represent for his city, then his friends would have to be involved with the show as well.
The first guest of honor was Bronx, N.Y., native and MMG supporter French Montana who performed the remix of Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N----." Then Frenchy segued into his other catchy single, "Don't Panic."
Following that performance, Mill did a quick run through of his solo efforts “House Party” and “F--- You Mean” before it was time for Mill to reflect on all he has accomplished.
“Shout out to Puma. We all come from the bottom,” he told the audience. “We used to sell crack now we selling sneakers.” He continued to indulge the audience and even touched on his relationship with Nicki Minaj. “They said how you get Nicki Minaj?” he told the crowd. “What? I am a Philly n----,” he responded.
With that, fellow rapper Yo Gotti hit the stage to perform his hits “F--- You” and “Yayo.” Meek kept the crowd going with Brooklyn’s own Fabolous who performed his French Montana-assisted track “Ball Drop.”
The following surprise was strictly an ode to Philly. For the first time since he was shot back in December, Beanie Sigel took the stage along with his State Property family Young Gunz. Putting the nostalgic stamp on the City of Brotherly Love, they performed a medley of Roc-A-Fella classics, including “No Betta Love” and Sigel's “Roc the Mic.”
Then another surprise guest hit the stage. Atlanta rhymer Jeezy came by to give concertgoers a little “Thug Motivation 101.” But Meek wasn't done yet. The energetic rhymer brought out his MMG boss Rick Ross to join him onstage. Rozay ran through his club hits like “Blowing Money Fast (BMF)” and other hood classics. Even DJ Khaled came out to show love to Meek Milly.
It was nearing 11PM and it was looking as though Mill had exhausted all his special tricks, but then he brought out Empire star Bryshere “Yazz the Greatest” Gray, who happens to be from Philly, for an acapella version of “Drip Drop.” That shocker followed by another friendly performance featuring the LOX’s own Jadakiss.
Now it was time to wrap things up. Meek and Ross returned to center of the stage and end the epic night with his hard-hitting track “Dreams and Nightmares.”
Overall, Meek Mill's "Welcome Back" concert was a show to remember. Philadelphia fans were happy to see Mill back on stage and he was certainly just as elated to be back home.
Check Out Some Highlights From the Show