Perhaps saving the best for last, the final day of Lollapalooza 2019 was maybe the best of the entire 4-day weekend. With performances from Kacey Musgraves, Meek Mill, Slash and even a DJ set from Shaq, there was something for everyone at the final day of the Windy City festival.
Check out our favorite photos from Day 4 of Lollapalooza 2019 below.
In support of his forthcoming Championships album, Philadelphia’s Meek Mill is going on his first tour since his highly publicized release from prison.
Kicking things off on February 19th in Miami, Meek will make stops in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Los Angeles, Houston and more, until the tour concludes on March 24th at Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Roxy. Tickets for the tour go on sale for Tidal subscribers today at 3 PM EST, with a general on-sale following on Friday, November 30th.
Check out the dates for Meek Mill’s Motivation Tour below.
Philadelphia’s premiere music festival, Made In America, is returning for another year of great live music and we are already excited.
Performing at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philly will be names like Meek Mill, Zedd, Diplo, Miguel, Janelle Monae, 6lack, Alessia Cara, Sabrina Claudio, Lil B and more, including huge headlining sets from Nicki Minaj and Post Malone.
Last night could not have gone any better if you were a rap fan in Chicago, as the WGCI Big Jam delivered! Bringing the biggest lineup in rap to the Windy City, the United Center saw some amazing performances from Chicago’s Vic Mensa, Twista, Do Or Die, Crucial Conflict and Lil Durk, as well as sets from Monica, Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem from Empire), Omarion, Rae Sremmurd, Meek Mill, Future and Kendrick Lamar. The night was full of dancing, surprises, and most importantly some great live music! From seeing records like ‘Feel That’, ‘Overnight Celebrity’ and ‘No Type’ performed live, to watching Future and Kendrick kill their headlining sets, the Big Jam will certainly have trouble topping itself in 2016.
The WGCI Big Jam is only days away, as your favorite rappers are headed to the United Center for the Windy City’s biggest rap show of the year. With scheduled performances from Kendrick Lamar, Future, Meek Mill, Omarion, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Durk, Dej Loaf, Monica, Twista, Do or Die, Chicago’s own Vic Mensa and many more, you need to be at the house that Michael Jordan built this weekend. And like any great music fan, we have already started to think about the songs that we absolutely NEED to hear this Sunday.
Hit the jump and check out our list of the 10 songs that we need to hear at the WGCI Big Jam, and if you haven’t yet, get your tickets now while you still can!
For those who have logged onto a computer within the past few days, the escalatingbeefbetween Meek Mill and Drake is likely not breaking news. Meek’s accusations of Drake employing ghostwriters set off a firestorm that went from bad to worse over a sprawling series of tweets, and as of now, it’s only spreading as other rappersattempt to insert their two cents. No one can truly confirm whether or not an individual in the shadows penned lyrics for the head of OVO, but fortunately, there are certain lines only Drake could have crafted. In order to help figure out where those lyrics reside, we’ve compiled 10 tracks that definitely came from the mind of Canada’s finest.
Prior to last week, it was safe to say that Meek Mill was not an album guy. His MMG debut, Dreams and Nightmares was a flop of sorts, crammed with deflated bangers with uninspired sounds and hooks, drab features, and boasting nothing more than some decent mixtape leftovers and an epic, even classic introduction track. The truth is, Meek Mill was signed as (and remains to be, to an extent) a mixtape artist—one that thrives on the boundless possibilities of unmastered tracks with uncleared samples, with a screaming DJ Drama positioned beside him. On the road to his sophomore release, not only did Meek seemingly have to address criticisms and run down the fan-checklist, but he had to endure a jail sentence in-between that supposedly changed the shape of the album in it’s entirety. Yes, the pre-jail Dreams Worth More Than Money is not the one we got, which might leave some to anticipate and entertain what could be more music to come, but it might also leave you to disregard what could have been and instead stare at a simpler truth: the Dreams Worth More Than Money we got is pretty damn good.
DWMTM is only a couple minutes shorter than Meek’s last studio album and holds the same amount of tracks, but the glaring difference here is the content featured on these tracks. We don’t get a lot of the epic yet sometimes drawn-out storytelling on this record—instead, every chance Meek gets at a home run, he’s swinging. Generally speaking, Meek chases the catchier hooks and the more club-friendly sounds on this album, not being afraid to lean on his features for the betterment of the track. ‘R.I.C.O.’ is practically a Drake leftover from his forthcoming release with a Meek verse glued on the end, but it’s still a slapper regardless of who shines more. ‘Jump Out the Face’ rides the Future train fresh off of 56 Nights but bangs regardless with a stellar performance from Meek, and even The Weeknd’s addition, ‘Pullin’ Up’ is an unexpected win for Meek even if the Weeknd stimulus is glaring.
Meek’s friends aren’t necessarily helping him all the time though— ‘All Eyes On You’ sounds like a bonus cut off new-boo Nick Minaj’s last album with the traditional, almost mundane Chris Brown hook and a lay-up verse from Nicki, and the other Nicki track ‘Bad For You’ sounds forced and fails to impress as much as their collaborations on The Pinkprint. Still though, Meek is able to stand on his own two and work in unison with collaborators for an upbeat listen, and even if he’s leaning on hooks and guests, he still has room for bars. The Swizz Beatz assisted ‘Classic’ sees Meek rhyming on a major mafioso beat courtesy of Bangladesh with plenty of quotables like “Make a movie on your bitch, tell her friend to get a role/ You thought she was innocent, we laughing like she been a hoe!”. Classic indeed.
‘Ambitionz’ flips Tupac’s aged classic to prove that Meek can fit storytelling amongst the club smashes, lamenting and reflecting about his crime infested past. Boi-1da shines with a glowing sample of Pac’s magnum opus while adding a modern flavour to it, and ultimately permitting Meek to find a sick pocket in every verse to be cunning and chilling at the same time. It’s here where the hope for Meek is restored and the wait for this album is justified for many, as Meek might be able to step outside of the box and make up for lost hits, but he’s also able to return to his roots and deliver what Meek fans listened to him in the first place for. Intro ‘Lord Knows’ sees a similarly stunning performance from Meek with an orchestral beat backing him, as he lyrically holds no punches and grants Canadian juggernaut Tory Lanez permission to absolutely slay the hook. In his own verses, Meek tears apart song structure and ditches the 16’s to find fulfilment in spitting countless bars and letting the beat loop itself as long as necessary.
Meek might not have delivered a classic moment as stellar as his last album’s intro, but he was able to deliver a more memorable and momentous project by cutting the fat with his own verses and having most of his guests kill it, too. There’s not a lot you wouldn’t expect here, it’s Meek using his yelling-inflection to spout raps of grind, crime and bitches all while adding in more topical bits like his new relationship, recent jail time, and new money. When all is said and done, though, Dreams Worth More Than Money might have trouble clawing for a top spot among the year’s elite, but it definitely will not go by the wayside, and will have fans’ collective thirst effectively quenched.
Meek Mill has nothing but positive things to say about his rap peers, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. However, when it comes to artists that inspire him, Meek said in a recent interview with Angie Martinez, that Cole and Kendrick do not make the cut. “They’re dope lyricists, great rappers…but they don’t inspire me. They don’t seem like they’re talking to me. And that ain’t no hate,” Meek said when speaking on Kendrick and Cole.
When it comes to the artist that Meek listens to he listed the likes of Future, Dej Loaf, Young Thug and Jay-Z. No disrespect intended from Meek, but it will be interesting to see if Kendrick or Cole give the rapper a friendly reminder of why they should inspire him. After all, they put out two of the best rap albums in the past year (and it isn’t even debtable).
Watch Meek Mill’s full interview with Power 105.1‘s Angie Martinez below.
These are the highlights of this past week in music! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings, and to stay up-to-date on today’s music.
This week we have a new collaboration by Lil Boosie and the Coles (J. and Keyshia), a moving political track from Mike Posner, a Meek Mill and Travis Scott record dedicated to the late rappers Chinx and Lil Snupe, and an upbeat dance track from The Chainsmokers.
Rest In Peace to Chinx, who was tragically shot and killed last Sunday (May 17) in New York City. And to honor the Coke Boys rapper, as well as rapper Lil Snupe (who was killed in 2013), MMG’s Meek Mill recruited G.O.O.D. Music rapper/producer Travis Scott for his ‘Miss My Dawgs’ record. “F*ck ya’ll n*ggas that killed Lil Snupe, and when we run into ya’ll n*ggas we’ll kill ya’ll too,” raps Meek in the new tribute.