Rap Album Reviews: Meek Mill “Legends of the Summer EP”
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They say that you don’t realize what you have until its gone, artists included. It’s been almost a year since Wins & Losses, the third album from Meek Mill was released. It’s also been about 8 months since he was sent to jail for a parole violation. The reason? riding through the streets on a dirt bike in Harlem, New York. Fast forward 5 months, with rallies & fellow artists such as Jay-Z & Rick Ross voicing their opinion of an unjust system, Meek is released. The question on everyone’s mind: what kind of content will we be receiving from the MMG artist? Read on for my breakdown.
Millidelphia (feat. Swizz Beats)
It would be an injustice to his fans if Meek didn’t come through with a hard intro & he delivers. Collaborating with one of hip-hop’s prominent producers, Swizz Beats provides the backdrop that Meek is album to showcase his energetic flow along with the braggadocious lyrics that we’ve come to expect from him.
Dangerous (feat. Jeremih & PnB Rock)
I see that Meek is starting to take a liking to smoother tracks. I think it showcases the versatility as an artist. Produced by Prince Chrishan & Hitmaka, this one is sure to receive a lot of spins on media outlets this summer. PnB Rock & Jerimih both come through singing. PnB sounds like Ty Dolla $ on the chorus.
I haven’t heard from Jahlil Beats in quite some time. The two have worked together in the past, most notably on “I’m A Boss”. This is an uptempo record that I’m sure will make its way to the clubs. Not too fond of this one but I do appreciate the “Do It Again” reference that was heard on Jay-Z’s record.
Stay Woke (feat. Miguel)
This record premiered at the BET Awards with a very vivid visualization of what its like growing up in the United States, particularly Philadelphia, as an African American. Meek mentions that even though we’re fighting against social injustice, the internal conflict within our own community doesn’t help the overall scenario
“We scream, “Black Lives Matter,” but we still toting ladders
Watching our own brothers trying to get at us”
He touches on the subject of the broken home and the effect it has on all parties involved: the mother on drugs who copes with the stresses of raising a son alone and teaching him about survival before formal education, the dad who can no longer provide the love & protection for his son because he’s incarcerated & the son who forced to deal with the horrors of the world when no one is around.
“Mama taught you how to fight, fight, before she taught you how to write, right
And daddy locked down in the cell, can’t kiss you night, night
Monsters under the bed every night, feel like its fright night
Coke fumes in the air, mama holding on that pipe tight”
On the second verse in a manner similar to J. Cole’s record “1985” Meek speaks to the current generation of hip-hop not from a place of discernment, but rather one of understanding.
“Picture me ten years younger with some tats on my face
Takin’ a bunch of Xannys with the strap on my waist
Pointin’ it at the camera like mama ain’t teach me manners
Tryna see mo’ bills like I’m headed to Alabama, no, wait
I can’t judge them, I’m just trying to understand them
‘Cause I used to pop Percs, pourin’ purple in my Fanta
Had me swerving in my Phantom like I’m runnin’ from my dreams
I was headed for the slammer, I was plantin’ all the seed”
Meek starts the third verse of with a question many agree with. In a place where there is alleged equality for all, how can African Americans be supportive of a country that guns down minorities & does nothing to stop it?
” How can I pledge allegiance to the flag
When they killin’ all our sons, all our dads?
I come from a place, when you kill your own brother you can brag
Like he got bodies, but that’s a fad, no, that’s a fact”
Cue in Miguel’s vocals on the hooks & we have a record that is a direct reflection of the country as a whole. This record was properly executed & showcases the side of Meek few gets to see. I would love to hear more songs in this realm.
Legends of the Summer EP is evident that getting incarcerated hasn’t slowed down the creative process of Meek Mill. If I only had one gripe about the project, it would be that its rather short. But I do believe that it serves as an appetizer for a full length project coming soon. Do you have any questions about the review or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.