When it comes to the production, it’s very evident that Meek Mill took a page out from his boss, Rick Ross’ guide to creating an impactful album.
Meek Mill’s sound is very reflective. Dreams and Nightmares isn’t your typical club banger album; Meek is still hungry. It’s evident Meek Mill used his life and actual experience as inspiration to create most of his material.
It’s great to see the emotional Meek Mill expand beyond stories of being a boss. For hip hop heads with an ear in celebrity gossip, we have had a chance to see Meek Mill’s patience, or lack thereof in difficult situations. From dealing with persecuting preachers, rap beefs, and just the music business in general, an album full of luxury branding would be in-genuine.
Featuring popular names like Mary J Blige, Nas, John Legend, Trey Songz, and of course MMG family Wale, and Rick Ross, on a debut album, is very impressive for a newcomer in the industry. Regardless Meek Mill still held his own; staying true to his style.
Most of Meek’s radio hits have already hit the air, so the rest of the album gives you a chance to get to know him. As he talks about his father, his hometown, and other aspects of a young man’s life from the hood, you can hear the hunger in his lyrics. Meek Mill brings an energy to ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ that we miss in the majority of the artists that are out right now.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Meek Mill is new to the scene, and didn’t catch our attention after he had already gave the public most of his best work. Meek Mill is a great example of a young black man who made a name for himself by free styling and battle rapping in the hood, who was able to hone is craft, hustle to build his reputation, and create a quality album that is not only accepted within the community, but also within the industry circle.