Meek Mill hits number one on Billboard’s Top 200 this week with Dreams Worth More Than Money. This is the second album release for the Philly based rapper whose first album, Dreams and Nightmares, reached number two back in 2012. Dreams Worth More Than Money has sky rocketed to the top after only being released less than two weeks ago. Its original release date was supposed to be in September 2014 but was pushed back when Meek Mill’s probation was revoked after which he spent several months in jail. This set back may have slowed down the process but it did not stop the rapper from finishing his work. To date the album has sold more than 246,000 copies worldwide.
The album’s first track, Lord Knows , features vocals over a steady classical melody with a religious tone. It is a fitting opener and gets the listener ready for a slow ride. Most songs on the album sound the same. My favorite song is All Eyes on You, which features Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. Several songs on the album feature well known artists such as Diddy and Drake. They seem to be the saving grace for the album as a whole. The lyrical content remains solid throughout, which is something that I have grown to respect about Meek Mill’s work overall. I also admire his collaboration with The Weekend on the track Pullin Up. Both artists obviously have very different sounds and approaches to their craft and I felt that this song was a good mix of some of the best attributes of both. I also enjoyed the sound of the song Classic which seems to pay tribute to old school hip hop legends like The Sugar Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash.
Dreams Worth More Than Money reflects heavily on Meek Mill’s realization that there is more to the music industry than money. Though the album may have a slower feel and may not be my favorite it is clear that he has put his heart and soul in to this release. The album itself stays true to Meek Mill’s sound that we got to know in Dreams and Nightmares and is exactly what you would expect going in. If you are a fan of his first album then you will be pleased with this new release. It is number one for a reason and I personally wish Meek Mill nothing but continued success and look forward to hearing what he puts out next.