Early on, he was the young often forgotten emcee of Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group, but after dropping two incredibly successful mixtapes with his Dreamchasers series, Meek Mill has come into his own this past year. So quite naturally, after dominating airwaves with it’s wildly successful, Drake assisted lead single “Amen”, Dreams & Nightmares is one of 2012′s most anticipated albums. Complete with a steroid strong list of features (Drake, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Nas, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Kirko Bangz, and Boi-1da all make contributions), Meek’s debut is much more than just your average compilation of singles and filler. Backed by deliberately bold production, Meek not only creates raucous street anthems and hype strip club bangers, but delivers his own story of growing up as a young hustler making moves on the streets of Philly. On songs like “Traumatized” and “Tony Story Pt. 2″, Milly showcases his ability for imagery and storytelling, all while toning down his self-admittedly overly intense flow. Don’t get it twisted, though, the Philly native definitely finds himself in familiar territory more often than not, as D&N is full of big bass, unruly synths, and cadences catchy enough to get Mitt Romney headnoddin’ (go out and vote on Tuesday bitches!). All in all, Dreams & Nightmares fulfills expectations as it delivers more than enough high energy tracks, aided by the contrast of deep, personal tracks from Meek Mill.
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