Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, on May 6, 1987, is an American rap artist from South Philadelphia. Meek’s mother’s, name is Kathy Williams and his older sister, is Nasheema Williams. His father died when he was just five years old, after that, his mother moved the family (Meek and his sister) to North Philadelphia where they lived under the budget for years.
Meek started his musical career as a battle rapper, where he sometimes took part in rap battles with fellow street rappers at the time. After that, in 2008, Meek and three of his friends formed a short-lived rap group, called The Bloodhoundz. Meek has cited that his style of music was greatly influenced by hip-hop artists Vodka and Chic Raw. He said he always listened to their tracks and imitated their style after watching their DVDs.
The Bloodhoundz group lived long enough to release just four mixtapes. And in 2008, Meek released a fourth mixtape titled Flamers 2: Hottest in the City on his own. The mixtape included singles like, “hottest in the city,” “prolli,” and “I’m so fly.” Flamers 2: Hottest in the City mixtape captured the attention of Charlie Mack, President and Chief Executive Officer of 215 Aphillyated Records.
He was so impressed with Meek that he quickly signed him to his management company. Later in the year, Meek met Atlanta-based rapper T.I who also serves as the President and Founder of Grand Hustle Records. T.I. was highly impressed by Meek and gave him an opportunity to sit down with Warner Bros. Records. He eventually received a record deal with the label.
First Record Deal
When signed to Grand Hustle, Meek started an incredible working relationship with label disc jockey, DJ Drama. He and Drama went on to release the third installment of Meek’s Flamers mixtape’s titled The Wait Is Over. It featured the single “Rosé Red,” a track that went on to be remixed by rappers Rick Ross, T.I and Vado. The remix was included on Meek’s mixtape Mr. Philadelphia. Sadly this record was never released due to legal issues with T.I. T.I and Meek went separate ways in 2010.
MMG the Next Chapter
In February 2011, Maybach Music group CEO and Founder Rick Ross, announced the signing of Meek to his record label along with rapper Wale. In March that year, Meek became a member of Freshman Class of 2011. Mills released “Tupac Back” featuring fellow rapper, Rick Ross as the debut single from his compilation album.
Later in the year, he released “Ima Boss,” featuring Rick Ross as the second single from the album. Ima Boss became an instant street anthem which led to a remix featuring Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Birdman, DJ Khalid, T.I., and Lil Wayne. Ima Boss remix also made waves and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs thus becoming Meek’s most successful single as at the time. In August 2011, Meek released the mixtape “Dreamchasers,” which featured his urban hit track “House Party”. The mixtape had appearances from Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, and Beanie Siegel, among a host of others.
No Hold for Meek Mill
Meek Mill was listed as the 7th hottest MC by MTV in their annual hottest MCs category on February 2012. And on May 7, 2012, he released his dream chasers series in second installment and hours after its release; it received downloads of about 1.5 million times. Later that month, news came that Meek Mill has signed with Roc Nation management and June 19, 2012, he included another single “Amen” on Dreamchaser 2 as the main single from his first studio album under the label.
Before releasing his debut album Dreams & Nightmares, he received an invitation to co-signs from Nas and Mariah Carey, with the deal that he will appear on Carey’s 2012 single album. On October 30, 2012, the album was released, and a release party held in Philadelphia. The album peaked at two on the Billboard 200 and sold 200,000 copies after the second week.
Dream Chasers and Tragic Loss
Meek announced the launch of his record label signature which he called, Dream Chasers Records in October, 2012. He signed artists Goldie, Louie V. Gutta and Lee Mazin, most of all he also signed 17 year old rap artist Lil Snupe from Louisiana. Unfortunatly Lil Snupe was murdered on 20th of June 2013 by two gunshots to the chest.
Mill released another Dreamchasers series (Dreamchasers 3), in his third installment. The mixtape featured guest appearances from Future, Akon, Wale, Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Trina, Waka Flocka Flame and others. It was scheduled to be released on May 6, 2013, but suffered a slight setback and was announced on September 29, 2013. Later that same year, finally Mill announced that he was about to finish Dream Worth More Than Money his second studio album. The album was finally released on June 28, 2015, topping the Billboard 200.
DC 4 and Dreamchasers 4.5
Mill posted six videos previewing music for his new mixtape, called DC4. He also announced that he has a new mixtape on the way which will be title Dreamchasers 4.5, therefore it would be a follow-up to DC4. The mixtape was supposed to have featured a remix of his now enemy, Drake. The songs on the mixtape were Drake’s song title “Back to Back,” and another remix to Future and Drake’s song, a title also “I’m the Plug.” Unfortunately, the songs never saw the light of day due to DC4 released commercially. The next year, Meek Mill dropped another song on his extended play with four tracks.
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