Revisit Philidelphia's battle tested street solider Meek Mill's captivating body of work.
All Drake beef, Nicki Minaj break-up gossip and or Safaree drama bullshit aside, Meek Mill is a seasoned rap act with a serious collection of credentials and street credibility. For pretty much the last decade Meek Mill has taken a sort of battle rap approach to the industry and conquered the street and mainstream markets with his dazzling and ambitiously aggressive studio albums and DreamChasers mixtape series.
As a matter of fact, part of the reason Meek Mill has such a prominent role in the game today is because of his ferocious, "by any means" mentality that he developed from years of fighting his way to the top of the battle rap circuit in Philidelphia. As early as 2003, Meek Mill was battling rappers and putting out solo projects and mixtapes including four projects he put out with his friends under the collective name The Bloodhoundz.
By 2008 the rapper had garnered the attention of big name labels like Warner Bros. and T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. Though he was only an artist on the label for two years, and legal trouble largely dampened his time with Grand Hustle, Meek was still able to create a solid foundation as a solo artist. And he capitalized on that platform in 2010 when he parted ways with Grand Hustle Records and inked a deal with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group and released the first installment to his Dreamchasers mixtape series to widespread acclaim.
What would follow in the years after his deal with MMG were waves of success followed by stints of legal trouble and numerous rap beefs. And though Meek Mill has been knocked down time and time again, he has always risen from the ashes bigger and better with more money and wins and fire music for the streets.
So this week's feature attempts to take it all the way back to the trenches to give you 10 of the most essential and popping Meek Mill songs to date.